Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Erik Mullinix

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Sociology of; Sociology, Public and Social Welfare

Keywords

equal access, extracurricular, homeschool, partnership

Disciplines

Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Sociology

Abstract

The study describes a qualitative collective case study regarding the possibility of homeschool participation in public school extracurricular activities in West Tennessee. Literature exists on extracurricular activities but not on the effect on the homeschooled student specifically. The research questions addressed: How do homeschool parents in west Tennessee whose children are involved in one or more extracurricular activities outside of the public school system feel about current legislation regarding homeschool students being excluded from participation in public school extracurricular activities other than sports? Why would homeschool parents in west Tennessee allow their child to participate or why would they not allow their child(ren) to participate in public school extracurricular activities if available? Why are homeschooled students involved in extracurricular activities? Purposeful sampling was used to interview a minimum of five homeschooling parents. Data triangulation was utilized in the analysis of the data collected through surveys and interviews. Both parents that allowed their children to participate in extracurricular activities (outside of the public school environment) and those that do not allow their children to participate in extracurricular activities were interested in the option of being able to allow their child to participate in public school extracurricular activities whether they chose to utilize or not.