This significant volume studies the growing body of research on home education, and offers a broad analysis of this movement. Introductory chapters present the most current information on the demographics of the movement and on the social and academic outcomes of home education. Beyond these data, the broader implications of the movement are considered in chapters discussing legal issues and policy analysis. Additional chapters provide historical and sociological analysis of the conflicts between parents and schools that often precipitate the decision to home school. The volume ends with an anthropological analysis of learning in the informal home setting and a philosophical critique of the movement as an abandonment of a belief in the efficacy of common schooling.Jane Van Galen is the author of 'Home Schooling: Political, Historical, and Pedagogical Perspectives (Contemporary Studies in Social and Policy Issues in Education)', published 1991 under ISBN 9780893917067 and ISBN 0893917060.