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STEM learning activity among home-educating families

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dc.contributor.advisor Dierking, Lynn D.
dc.creator Bachman, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-12T22:53:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-12T22:53:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2011-04-20
dc.date.issued 2011-05-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/21317
dc.description Graduation date: 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning was studied among families in a group of home-educators in the Pacific Northwest.  Ethnographic methods recorded learning activity (video, audio, fieldnotes, and artifacts) which was analyzed using a unique combination of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) and Mediated Action (MA), enabling analysis of activity at multiple levels. Findings indicate that STEM learning activity is family-led, guided by parents’ values and goals for learning, and negotiated with children to account for learner interests and differences, and available resources. Families' STEM education practice is dynamic, evolves, and influenced by larger societal STEM learning activity. Parents actively seek support and resources for STEM learning within their home-school community, working individually and collectively to share their funds of knowledge. Home-schoolers also access a wide variety of free-choice learning resources: web-based materials, museums, libraries, and community education opportunities (e.g. afterschool, weekend and summer programs, science clubs and classes, etc.). A lesson-heuristic, grounded in Mediated Action, represents and analyzes home STEM learning activity in terms of tensions between parental goals, roles, and lesson structure. One tension observed was between 'academic' goals or school-like activity and 'lifelong' goals or everyday learning activity. Theoretical and experiential learning was found in both activity, though parents with academic goals tended to focus more on theoretical learning and those with lifelong learning goals tended to be more experiential. Examples of the National Research Council’s science learning strands (NRC, 2009) were observed in the STEM practices of all these families. Findings contribute to the small but growing body of empirical CHAT research in science education, specifically to the empirical base of family STEM learning practices at home. It also fills a current gap regarding STEM learning among home-educating families, a small, but growing part of society's STEM learning infrastructure for which little research exists. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Home-Education en_US
dc.subject Homeschool en_US
dc.subject Home-school en_US
dc.subject Mediated Action en_US
dc.subject Cultural-Historical Activity Theory en_US
dc.subject Ethnography en_US
dc.subject Video Research en_US
dc.subject Video Analysis en_US
dc.subject STEM en_US
dc.subject Science Education en_US
dc.subject Mathematics Education en_US
dc.subject Technology Education en_US
dc.subject Engineering Education en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Family Learning en_US
dc.subject Free-Choice Learning en_US
dc.subject Family-Led Learning en_US
dc.subject Child-Led Learning en_US
dc.subject Unschooling en_US
dc.subject StudioCode en_US
dc.subject Activity Theory en_US
dc.subject Learning Activity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Home schooling -- Northwest, Pacific en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Study and teaching -- Parent participation -- Northwest, Pacific en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- Parent participation -- Northwest, Pacific en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Technology -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Northwest, Pacific en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Engineering -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Northwest, Pacific en_US
dc.title STEM learning activity among home-educating families en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Science Education en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline Science en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Rowe, Shawn
dc.contributor.committeemember van Zee, Emily
dc.contributor.committeemember Lillie, Robert
dc.contributor.committeemember Nabelek, John

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