|Western Galilee College will hold an international research workshop and conference, on the subject of Home Education – Current Trends and Future Directions, on June 19-21 2017. Over the past few decades, the practice of home education as an alternative type of education has been increasing in several countries. This can been seen both in numbers – a growing number of children are being homeschooled – and in terms of legal status, with home education now considered a legal educational practice in many countries. In parallel to the growth of home education, public interest in the subject has also increased, and with it the number of academic studies on this type of education. Research articles on home education are being published every year; they address various aspects, such as the practical dimensions, the outcomes, attitudes towards home education, legal perspectives and supervision, the interface between home education and public education systems, and more. However, despite the growth in research on this subject, there is still a significant gap in the scientific knowledge about this relatively new practice. In light of the growth in home education and the differences between this and other types of education, it is important to promote the scientific research on this practice. A thorough understanding of various issues related to home education is essential to the design of education in the forthcoming decades. Such understanding must evolve from an international academic effort and well-founded research. Therefore, the home education conference announced here is intended to bring researchers together and generate dialogue thereby stimulating such scholarly efforts. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for academic researchers who are interested in understanding the different aspects of home education. This event will provide an opportunity to exchange firm academic knowledge regarding all aspects of home education, as well as different opinions and thoughts on the subject. The research workshop and conference will serve as a stage for discussion of different perspectives in the research on home education around the world. Proposed topics: • Trends and approaches in home education • The impact of home education on the child and the family in different spheres of life • Factors that promote growth in the scope of home education • Legal aspects of home education • The relationships between home education and broader social and educational developments • Challenges that home education families face • Types of home education and differences among families that educate at home • Reasons for choosing home education • Potential dangers regarding home education • The future of home education We would be pleased to receive proposals for presentations on these and other related subjects. Please send an abstract of 250 words and a brief biography to: HEconference@wgalil.ac.il Final date for submission of proposals: 10 January 2017. Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2017. Registration fee: $100|
Conference: Home Education conference, Israel
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