Everyday life in distance education: one family's home schooling experience

Green, Nicole C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2117-3504 (2006) Everyday life in distance education: one family's home schooling experience. Distance Education, 27 (1). pp. 27-44. ISSN 0158-7919


This article offers a narrative portrait of one family enrolled in a school of distance education in Queensland, Australia. Most of the families own or manage sheep and/or beef grazing properties, and their children receive their education by correspondence papers and daily UHF radio lessons.
The students complete their school work at home with a home tutor, who is most often the mother, with support and assistance provided by the school of distance education's teaching and support staff. As part of a larger inquiry focused on what home schooling is like as a component of living and working on sheep or cattle properties, and as but one part of the families' everyday lives, the portrait includes biographical information about Louise Michaelson as home tutor, narrative sketches of her children Thomas and Timothy, and descriptive discussions of daily routines both within and outside of the schoolrooms used for the distance education programs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2006 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 04:46
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; remote area; correspondence school; School of the Air
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390199 Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390399 Education systems not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01587910600653132
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20840

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