Parents’ Motives for Home Education: The Influence of Methodological Design and Social Context



Parents’ motives for home education are one of the most researched topics within home education research. The focus of this article is on the question of the degree to which the results regarding these motives are influenced and shaped by the applied methods and the social context. The empirical basis is a meta-analysis of twelve research examples from the last two decades. It is concluded that the diversity within the results can partly be traced back to fundamental differences in the methodological design, to the absence of detailed theoretical modelling and remarkable differences of the survey instruments and that the role of the social environment and the process of the construction of motives in a certain social context deserve more attention.


Home Education, Home Schooling, Parents’ Motives, Reasons

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic EU Education Programs
Pages 57 - 70
Issue IEJEE, Volume 3, Issue 1, Special Issue Out of School Education
Date of acceptance 10 January 2010
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Friedensau University, Germany


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