Priesnitz, Wendy, & Priesnitz, Heidi. (1990, March). Home-based education in Canada: An investigation. Available from The Alternative Press, 195 Markville Road, Unionville, Ontario L3R 4V8, Canada. (Creates profile of home educators in terms of socioeconomic status, political/religious orientation, motivation for home educating, relations with public school system, views on achievement testing of children, and curriculum usage; unclear, but appears 500 families included in data analysis; annual family income—51% less than $30,000/year, 41% at $31,000-60,000, and 8% more than $61,000; highest parent educational attainment—26% high school graduation, at least one parent has college degree in 66% of families, at least one parent without high school graduation 7%; 59% rural, 41% urban; 53% say formal religion is a major influence in lives, 13% have some commitment to formal religion, 12% have spiritual beliefs but no organized religion, 22% have no commitment to religious beliefs; main reasons for home educating—72% academic/philosophical, 25% religious, 3% location; attitude toward public school system—49% philosophically against, 6% against due to bad experience, 31% indifferent/neutral, 10% no opinion; had conflicts with public school system—18% yes, 82% no; children undergone psychological testing—15% yes, 85% no; children undergone standardized academic achievement testing—32% yes and are above average, 4% yes and below average, 64% no; feelings about standardized testing—38% say unnecessary, 26% say harmful/inaccurate, 36% are indifferent/in favor; use of a home study program—42% no, 30% Christian, 5% provincial correspondence, 22% other; home education style—32% formal, 30% unstructured, 20% child-directed, 18% combination of formal/informal.) (Descriptors: research, home education, descriptive, rationale, motivation, reasons, academic achievement, religion, income, demographic.)
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