Who I Am and What I Think: The Contribution of Personality and Socioeconomic Traits to the Attitudes of Homeschooling Parents toward the Education System and Homeschooling in Israel

From Section:
Trends in Jewish Education
Apr. 03, 2017

Source: Marriage and Family Review 2017


The consistent growth of homeschooling in recent decades can be considered a reflection of public criticism of the education system. This criticism has given rise to alternative education methods; homeschooling is one of the most radical examples. In light of the increasing scope of homeschooling and its significant implications, it is important to understand its origins. However, the research on the attitudes of parents who choose homeschooling has not considered the role of personality of parents in their attitudes.

The purpose of the present research was to examine the contribution of socioeconomic and personality traits of parents to their attitudes, focusing on neuroticism, openness to experience, and anxiety and avoidance attachment styles. The findings indicated that parents’ personality contributed significantly to the explanation of their attitudes; in some cases, this contribution was mediated by their socioeconomic traits.

Updated: Nov. 27, 2017
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