Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Education


Religious Education, PhD

First Advisor

E. Stanley Chace

Second Advisor

Minerva Straman

Third Advisor

Paul Brantley


The home school appears to be in a renaissance. This national study sought to provide an empirical base upon which to formulate viable decisions regarding home schooling children. The study considered homeschoolers in grades four through twelve. The randomized sample yielded 224 qualified participants.

Conclusions include the following:

1. The self-concept of the homeschoolers was significantly higher (pPiers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. Half of the homeschoolers scored at or above the 91st percentile on the global scale.

2. Insofar as self-concept is a reflector of socialization, it appears that few homeschoolers are socially deprived.

3. The self-concept of the homeschoolers decreases significantly (p

Subject Area

Self-perception, Home schooling, Domestic education.

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