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Home schoolers and loss of trust: The role trust plays in the decision to leave public schools


2002 2002

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Lack of confidence in public schools can lead parents to remove their children and select alternative schooling. Three alternatives to public schools, beyond private and parochial, have recently emerged and enjoy growing popularity: charter schools, vouchers, and home schooling. This study explores the role trust plays in parents' decisions to remove their children from public schools and to utilize one of these alternatives, specifically home schooling.

The study develops a grounded theory based on trust research in the context of educational interactions. Utilizing structured interviews, data emerged on the family's demographics, children's experiences with public schools, and other factors which eventually led the parents to home school. These other factors included concerns regarding public schools' ability to address their children's educational needs, the nature of peer interactions, the organizational structure of public schools, the families' beliefs and values, consumerism, and perceptions of “others”.

The principal finding was that a majority of the parents demonstrated a lack of relational trust in public schools, relying instead on situationally developed global trust which broke down easily in the face of dissatisfaction. Implications for practice are considerable in light of the exponential growth of home schooling as an alternative to public schools and the potential economic impact. Specific recommendations include increased focus on developing community trust, as well as addressing the attitudes towards public schools by parents employed by public school systems. The findings of this study could serve as a focus for re-examination of research on topics such as organizational trust, schools as cultures, and family systems theory within the context of the home schooling movement.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Curricula;
Teaching;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology
Classification
0514: School administration
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Alternative schools; Family systems; Homeschoolers; Public schools; Trust
Title
Home schoolers and loss of trust: The role trust plays in the decision to leave public schools
Author
McLeod, Suzanne Elizabeth
Number of pages
194
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0086
Source
DAI-A 63/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493601267, 0493601260
Advisor
Osterman, Karen F.
University/institution
Hofstra University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3046289
ProQuest document ID
305534499
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305534499
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