Techno Teacher Moms: Web 2.0 Connecting Mothers in the Home Education Community

English, Rebecca (2016) Techno Teacher Moms: Web 2.0 Connecting Mothers in the Home Education Community. In English, Rebecca & Johns, Raechel (Eds.) Gender Considerations in Online Consumption Behavior and Internet Use. IGI Global, Hersey, PA, pp. 96-111.

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Home education is on the rise in Australia. However, unlike parents who choose mainstream schooling, these parents often lack the support of a wider community to help them on their educational and parenting journey. This support is especially lacking as many people in the wider community find the choice to home education confronting. As such, these parents may feel isolated and alienated in the general population as their choice to home educate is questioned at best, and ridiculed at worst. These parents often find sanctuary online in homeschool groups on Facebook. This chapter explores the ways that Facebook Groups are used by marginalized and disenfranchised families who home educate to meet with others who are likeminded and aligned with their beliefs and philosophies. It is through these groups that parents, in relation to schooling it is especially mothers, are able to ask for advice, to vent, to explore options and find connections that may be lacking in the wider community.

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ID Code: 95620
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: School Choice, Home education, Online communities
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0010-0.ch007
ISBN: 9781522500100
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 IGI Global
Deposited On: 17 May 2016 23:06
Last Modified: 22 May 2016 05:54

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