Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
John Van Dyk
Home education researchers have studied many facets of home schooling in America. They have studied the academic progress, the social interactions, the college acceptance and the characteristics of adults who were home schooled. But in spite of the fact that many home educators consistently claim they home school because they want to pass on their faith, there are no major studies and few research questions that link the method to religious values acquisition. This action research report discusses the results of an online survey of 1693 home-educated adults and parents of home-educated adults who were asked questions about whether home schooling was effective in passing on the faith commitments of the parents. The survey determined 95% of parents and 85% of students believed home education was an important key to the religious values acquisition, and 90% of parents and 94% of students felt the faith taught by the parents was indeed adopted by the students. Since the sample was self-selected and not randomly selected, little can be definitively stated; further study is suggested to confirm or disprove my findings.
Anderson, Sandra, "Home Education: Declaring His Power to the Next Generation" (2006). Master of Education Program Theses. 73.