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Performance in Home Schooling: An Argument against Compulsory Schooling in the Netherlands


Performance in Home Schooling: An Argument against Compulsory Schooling in the Netherlands

Performance in Home Schooling: An Argument against Compulsory Schooling in the Netherlands

JournalInternational Review of Education/Internationale Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft/Revue internationale l'éducation
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISSN0020-8566 (Print) 1573-0638 (Online)
IssueVolume 50, Number 1 / January, 2004
DOI10.1023/B:REVI.0000018193.11161.42
Pages39-52
Subject CollectionHumanities, Social Sciences and Law
SpringerLink DateWednesday, December 22, 2004

Although home education is a growing phenomenon in many Western countries, it is almost non-existent in the Netherlands. Under Dutch educational law, children must be educated in the school system. Home schooling is thought to endanger children's development. This study examines — primarily American — analyses of performance in home schooling. Its leading question is: How do home-schooled children develop in comparison with school pupils? It concludes that home-schooled children perform better on average in the cognitive domain (language, mathematics, natural sciences, social studies), but differ little from their peers at school in terms of socio-emotional development. This positive finding may be attributed partly to socio-economic factors. However, it is also suggested that the quality of the learning environment, including one-to-one tutoring, could also be a contributing factor.

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