Links to Published Academic Research on Home Education and Home Education Research Sites.
Dr. Alan Thomas has conducted frequently quoted and widely educationally accepted work on understanding home education and how it works. Unfortunately Alan’s research is not available on the net but his book “Educating Children at Home” based on his research with Home Educated families in the UK and Australia is available to buy.
Dr. Paula Rothermel’s research “Home-Education: Rationales, Practices and Outcomes” undertaken at Durham university. It is strongly recommended. Also she has published in 2000 ‘The Third Way in Education: Thinking the Unthinkable’. Education 3-13, Volume 28, No. 1, March. Staffordshire: Trentham Books.
The National Home Education Research Institute founded by Dr. Brian Ray can be found at www.nheri.org It is principally research on Christian based home educators. Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling – almanac-like book packed with topics such as why families homeschool, statistics, charts, history, current trends, academic achievement, socialization, and much more; annually updated Home Educated and Now Adults – new 2004 study on adults who were homeschooled, full of fascinating findings. Strengths of Their Own – most in-depth nationwide study of homeschool families and students. Homeschooling on the Threshold – booklet that summarizes research; see description below. He also edits a journal called the “Home School Researcher”.
Prof. Roland Meighan (of Educational Heretics fame) has published considerable research. You can find in that link details of some of them. He and others (most notably Mike Fortune Woods) have set up a research body in the UK for Home Education.
Daniel Monk has looked at children’s rights, human rights and education around recent cases in the European Court of Human Rights. His 2003 article entitled “Home Education: a human right?”.