School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, General; Psychology, General; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Psychology, Psychometrics
Home Education, Homeschool, Stress
Education | Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychology | Teacher Education and Professional Development
Rathmell, Jennifer, "A Heuristic Inquiry into the Stress That Home Educators Experience" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. Paper 531.
The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the stress that families incur when they choose home education as their primary educational method. Extensive studies exist regarding stress that traditional education teacher's experience. However, the research on stress experienced by parents who are the primary educators of their children is limited. This study endeavored to provide insight and add to the home-education body of research. Using a heuristic inquiry research design, nine home educators participated in four data collection methods: a homeschool questionnaire, The Occupational Stress Inventory - Revised (OSI-R), a focus group, and individual interviews. The data revealed five primary unique home education stressors: (a) overwhelming responsibility, (b) dealing with behavior and discipline, (c) choosing curriculum, (d) stereotypes and stigmas, and (e) distractions and extracurricular activities. Additionally, the research revealed five primary flourishers in the home education experience. These included: (a) control and freedom, (b) poignant moments, (c) the right curriculum, (d) supportive spouses, and (e) the greater homeschooling community.