Brabant, Christine. (2006). Citizenship Education: A collaborative research with home educators. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research Post Graduate and New Researcher Pre-Conference, University of Geneva, 11 September 2006 at the symposium “Transforming Life into Knowledge, The De-institutionalisation of Knowledge Transformation, How Home Education Challenges Our Picture of Education. Retrieved 9/6/07 online from http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/165018.htm. Abstract:  “In liberal societies, which might be characterized as pluralistic and individualistic, schools are implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, expected to socialize youth and generate among them a sense of shared values. In Quebec, Canada, explicit mention of Citizenship Education was recently added to the compulsory primary and secondary school curricula. Most parents consider that Citizenship Education belongs in the territory of school educators, but what happens with Citizenship Education when children are home educated? This conference paper will review the recent literature, both favourable and unfavourable, that describes the social impact of home education. It will then present a research project designed to collect the perspectives of home educators about the knowledge and practices at stake in their conceptions of Citizenship Education, and simultaneously give them an opportunity to better develop and articulate those conceptions. This study is designed as part of a larger collaborative research project which aims to offer conceptual clarification and produce practical knowledge about Citizenship Education. That research is directed by Professor France Jutras (Université de Sherbrooke) and funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada” [abstract].) (Descriptors: home education, research, socialization, common good, citizenship)

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