A Qualitative Study of the Factors that contribute to successful Homeschool graduates
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The purpose of this study is to focus on attitudes/practices/techniques/strategies that appear in several different homeschooled families that could help point to a commonality that other parents could point to as a necessary factor for a successful homeschooled student. The sample consisted of 2 homeschooled families with 13 children who were taught in a homeschool environment. The study interviewed only the parents of the students. The data for this qualitative study consisted of a survey created by the researcher and interviews with the parents of two homeschool families. The parent survey asked parents questions about their classroom environment, attitudes about school, and methods of instruction used in their homes. The interviews took the results from the two surveys and went more in-depth to understand the responses that were given on the surveys. Results revealed that several practices and similar attitudes were reflected across the families interviewed that have positive effects on the students. The homeschooled students are positively impacted when parents take the time to get to know them and tailor education to fit their needs. Parents who allow their homeschooled children to have a say in their curriculum, and how they are taught, is an excellent way for parents to provide each student with equal opportunities to succeed in a homeschooling environment.