Home Education and Social Integration
Keywords:learning, integration, home education
If school attendance is important for social integration,
then a particular out of school practice like home
education could possibly represent a threat to social
integration. The findings of a Norwegian research project
that surveyed socialization among Norwegian home
educated students from different regions are presented
and discussed using socialization theory and a theory of
cultural order. Among the conclusions are the following:
Pragmatically motivated home educated students
are often socially well integrated. Religiously motivated
home educated students that hold values distant from
the values of society are not necessarily socially isolated.
With more openness and more communication
between society and home educators home educated
students could meet criteria for social
integration even more so than is presently the case.
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