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Educating Children at Home (Cassell education series) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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Schooling is so much a part of our culture that we have come to believe that education cannot exist without it. Yet the number of children being educated at home is rapidly growing . Moreover, the number looks set to grow further, with more people opting to work from home coupled with the great increase in educational software and knowledge available via the internet. This new book covers the issues involved in home education. Most importantly, Alan Thomas conducts a systematic inquiry in to how parents actually go about teaching their children at home. Based on the experiences of a hundred home educating families, the book assesses parents' motives and the ways in which they are forced to adapt conventional methods of education and learning, often challenging basic assumptions about the nature of children's learning. This book's findings, including an extended focus on informal learning, not only permit a long overdue assessment of educating in the home but also have tremendous implications for wider educational thinking. Dr Alan Thomas is Visiting Fellow at the University of London Institute of Education and was formerly at the Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia.He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
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Dr Alan Thomas is Visiting Fellow at the University of London Institute of Education. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
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Here, the author researches the reality of home-education: why parents opt to home-educate, its methods, and its effectiveness as an alternative to education in school - so widely accepted as the only way to an education. In it I have found direction, motivation and above all inspiration in reading the accounts from the 100 home-educating families whose recorded interviews make up the bulk of the research in this book, in particular some gems of insight from the children themselves. I don't think I'll be needing another book on how to educate my children at home! A brilliant book from beginning to end and well worth every penny I spent on it!
It is well known that the majority of children who do well at school are those whose parents engage with them at home. After reading this book, you see that the school part is unnecesary for these children to do well. Engaged, interested children will do well.
Alan Thomas followed the methods of a good number of home educating families in two countries. He observed how these methods evolved as time passed. The more school-like methods seemed to be taken over by less formal ones, including much teaching done simply by talking to a child, engaging them with truely interesting material, often initiated by the child.
The book shows that a parent comtemplating Home education does not have to sit their child down and assign them 'work' if they are to educate them, but can experiment and find the method that suits their child best. This is a good thing, as as most parents realise, children are unlikely to cooperate with a parent who tries to act like a teacher.