A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls

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Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1995 - Social Science - 191 pages
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Recent reports claim adolescent girls' self-esteem fades in their teenage years. But the statements above are those of adolescent girls - the difference is they are homeschooled girls, girls who learn at home and in the community rather than by going to school. Why are these girls able to hold on to the strengths they had as children? Why do they seem so skillful at handling disagreements? How are they able to resist challenges to their sense of self? In this book Susannah Sheffer analyzes the fifty-five in-depth interviews she conducted with homeschooled girls, doing so from a perspective not yet considered in the current debate. Rather than suggesting home-schooling as a universal solution, Sheffer provides the experiences and views of homeschoolers to illuminate those of girls in school.

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Introduction and Methodology
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Chapter
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Conclusion
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Susannah Sheffer is the editor of Growing Without Schooling magazine. Her previous books include A Life Worth Living: Selected Letters of John Holt, A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls and Writing Because We Love To: Homeschoolers at Work. Her essays and poems have been published in several magazines and she is the editor of Heinemann's Innovators in Education series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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