n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Hoe weeg Suid-Afrikaanse tuisskoolleerders se akademiese prestasie op teen dié van leerders in staatskole?

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


This study deals with the effects of home schooling, focussing on a comparison between the academic performance of home school learners and learners in state schools. It is validated through a literature study indicating that home schooling is usually undertaken by parents because of discontent with lowering academic standards and the prevalence of negative socialising patterns in government schools. Criticism levelled against home schooling tends to focus on the possible disadvantages thereof, mostly regarding academic achievement. An empirical study was therefore undertaken specifically to determine the relative level of functioning of home schoolers compared to learners in government schools. Comparable statistical data were gathered by administering academic literacy and numeracy achievement tests to Grade 4 home school learners. This study confirms that, statistically, home school learners perform highly significantly better than learners in government schools. They are therefore decidedly not academically disadvantaged compared to learners in government schools.

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