Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor

Second Advisor

Barbara West


This paper explores the perspective of parents who have experience homeschooling their children in the state of Minnesota. Five families participated in the study in an interview format. In each case the mother was interviewed as she was primarily responsible for homeschooling. Data collected from interviews showed themes among all participants in the areas of: continual assessment of the choice to homeschool, the positive affect homeschooling had on the preservation of family structure, a dissatisfaction with other education options, the importance of support systems and the issue of socialization, and the benefits of Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). All families in the study were satisfied with their decision to homeschool their children. Research surrounding homeschooling is limited and further research could be conducted to help homeschooling families find increased success; as well as looking at the effectiveness of homeschooling in the area of career and college readiness.


SC 11.MAE.2017.Miller.D

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