Home Education and Social Integration


  • Christian W. Beck Institute of Educational Research, University of Oslo


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.


How to Cite

Beck, C. W. (2008). Home Education and Social Integration. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 10(2), 59–69. Retrieved from https://tidsskrift.dk/outlines/article/view/1973