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The whats, whys and wherefores of home education and its regulation in Australia

Allan, Sonia and Jackson, Glenda 2010, The whats, whys and wherefores of home education and its regulation in Australia, International journal of law and education, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 55-77.

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Title The whats, whys and wherefores of home education and its regulation in Australia
Author(s) Allan, Sonia
Jackson, Glenda
Journal name International journal of law and education
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 77
Publisher Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association
Place of publication Newcastle, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1836-9030
Summary This paper presents a unique summary of Australian research on home education, and an evaluation of current regulation in an Australian context. It begins with the recognition that home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. However it argues that legal definitions of home education do not properly reflect the practice of home education. This is illustrated by an examination of different educational approaches taken by home educators and research on the socialisation of home educated children in Australia. Research on who chooses home education, why people choose home education and the educational outcomes for home educated children is also discussed. Home educating families represent all family types, are found in rural, suburban and city locations, and choose home education for a variety ofreasons. Research indicates that Australian home educated children have positive educational and social experiences and outcomes. The question of whether and ifso the extent to which, home education should be regulated by the state is examined. The authors argue that whilst regulation is acceptable to protect a childr right to education, a more consistent regulatory framework is needed across Australia. It is argued that such aframework should facilitate and encourage children who are being home educated and should be flexible enough to accommodate the variety ofeducational approaches taken to home education.
Language eng
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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