A general problem is that testing a homeschooled child for learning disabilities (LD) is not required in the state of Texas and therefore dependent on the homeschooling parent’s recognition and desire to test. A qualitative exploratory method was used to determine the perceptions of parent/teachers on their struggling high school students’ learning, potential to have specific learning disabilities (SLDs), and college readiness. In addition, perceptions of parent/teachers’ self-efficacy and self-advocacy, with potential transference to students were explored. The sample included 56 homeschooling parent/teachers from one of four participating homeschool organizations in Texas. An Internet survey link was used to collect data. Parent/teachers’ views and perceptions were shared on their experiences with struggling high school students. The following perceptions emerged: (a) parent/teachers felt effective identifying their students’ area of struggles; (b) parent/teachers felt confident understanding their students learning style; (c) parents felt adjusting their students’ lesson was an effective strategy to reduce learning struggles; (d) parents felt they effectively handled the demands of teaching their struggling student; (e) parent/teachers largely joined homeschool organizations for support, services, programs, and/or resources; (f) parent/teachers felt their student could effectively describe their strengths and weaknesses; (g) parent/teachers did not think their struggling student had a SLD; and (h) parent/teachers felt their struggling high school student was college ready. Most parent/teachers acknowledged positive levels of self-efficacy and self-advocacy, yet, the need to have a stronger sense of transference to their struggling homeschool student was found. Future studies are recommended to increase knowledge and literature on homeschooling families with struggling learners during elementary, middle, high school, and through college.
|Commitee:||Beebe, Debra, Ward, Meredith|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational tests & measurements, Educational evaluation, Educational psychology|
|Keywords:||College readiness, Homeschooling, Self-efficacy, Struggling students|
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