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Homeschooling: A Research-Based How-To Manual


Homeschooling: A Research-Based How-To Manual

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Publisher: ScarecrowEducation

Author: Andrea D. Clements

List Price: $17.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Larissa McKay

Research-based is right! I've read my share of homeschooling books through the years, but I've never before encountered a book quite like this one. Written by a professor who is also a homeschooling parent, it fills a niche I'd never really considered might exist. We're all aware of the wealth of teaching advice that is given in homeschool books and conference workshops, but this book backs up even further, sharing the educational theories behind all of this advice. I hesitate to call it an academic book, because that might turn off potential readers, but it is definitely written with the understanding that the one who picks it up is interested in the research behind the teachings.

Chapter One, for instance, focuses on theories of learning, sharing Piaget's Cognitive Developmental Theory, Vygotsky's Dialectical Theory, Receptive Learning/Expository Teaching, Information Processing, Behavioral Learning Theory, and Modeling and Imitation. Following chapters address other facets of education/homeschooling: Academic Ability, Personality, Choosing Curriculum, Motivation, Discipline, Testing and Grading, Physical Environment, and Scheduling. Each of these chapters gives helpful advice while also presenting the research or theories that support the advice. Honestly, I can't help but wonder if this is some of the stuff that professional educators learn in school.

While I don't agree with everything the author has to say (Does one ever agree with everything the author has to say?), I did find the research intriguing and the overall tone to be fairly well-balanced. Most homeschool moms will probably not feel the need for this one, but those whose interests go deeper than the basics of a thing and into the reasons behind it will find it fascinating. Taking it for what it is, which is a research-based book, it only has one real weakness where the homeschool market is concerned. At right around 100 pages, $17.95 is probably a little more than most homeschooling parents will be willing to pay.
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Available From: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Address: 4501 Forbes Blvd. Ste. 200, Lanham, MD 20706
Phone: 800.462.6420
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Larissa McKay
Larissa McKay has been homeschooling "forever" and has a wide range of experience working with homeschoolers. She's also tried her hand at many different teaching approaches; the word eclectic suits her just fine.
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