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Towards geographies of ‘alternative’ education: a case study of UK home schooling families

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posted on 24.10.2012, 08:56 by Peter Kraftl
In this paper, I argue for the development of geographies of ‘alternative’ education. In light of growing geographical interest in education, I argue for a focus on sites that explicitly offer non-mainstream, non-state-sanctioned forms of learning in contexts where it is assumed that children will go to school. I exemplify my discussion through interviews with 30 UK-based homeschooling families. In seeking to advance geographical research on education, I make three key contributions. First, I exemplify how focusing on learning itself – and not just spatial contexts for learning – uncovers how spatial experiences and discourses are key to the constitution of alternative educational practices like homeschooling. Second, I consider the multiple and contradictory ways in which homeschooling constituted an ‘alternative’ educational space, discuss whether and how geographers should seek to affirm (all) such spaces and attend to some of the potential political/moral dilemmas that are provoked by the place of emotion in homeschoolers’ accounts. Third, I outline briefly some implications of this paper for further research on geographies of education, and family/inter-generational relations.

History

Citation

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2013, 38 (3), pp. 436-450

Version

AO (Author's Original)

Published in

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

issn

0020-2754

eissn

1475-5661

Available date

24/10/2012

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00536.x/abstract

Notes

This is a pre-peer review version of the paper which was substantially revised before publication. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com or through the links above.

Language

en