Education is compulsory, school is not: A case study into parents’ and children's perceptions on the benefits and challenges of home education
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This single case study aims to investigate the parents’ and children’s perceptions relating to the benefits and challenges of home education in a South Wales home education group in the United Kingdom. The introduction gives an overview of the aims and rationales for the study and the issues explored. The literature review draws upon secondary data relating to home education, while synthesising and critically analysing current issues that are relevant. The methodology provides an insight into the qualitative research methods used to gather information and the reasons these methods were used. The results are the findings in respect of the primary data collected and the key issues raised by the participants. The discussion critically evaluates the data collected and examines the links with earlier literature reviewed on the subject of home education. The conclusion summarises the main points that arose from the study. The study uncovered the perceptions of various stakeholders and in particular their thoughts on the range of benefits that could be gained from home education. The factors most predominantly cited by the adults as benefits were freedom, diverse opportunities for socialisation and an ability to cater for individual needs. The children’s perceptions of the benefits included individual attention, higher self esteem and a greater confidence. The study also uncovered many of the challenges that face home educating parents, such as struggles with funding, preconceived judgements by others and parents’ concerns at their own inability to teach their children. Similarly in their response, the children held the same beliefs about the challenges, in that in general people needed to be more aware about home education and that there was a lack of money to fund activities in their home education group meetings. However, despite these factors associated with home education, being recognised as consistent and ongoing issues, parents noted an improvement in their child’s wellbeing both socially and academically.
BA (Hons) Educational Studies and English
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