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School Counsellor and Homeschooling

1. School counsellors play an important role in the "homeschooling movement." What are five reasons for developing of a positive relationship between the school counsellor and the students who are homeschoolers?

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1. School counsellors play an important role in the "homeschooling movement." What are five reasons for developing of a positive relationship between the school counsellor and the students who are homeschoolers?

BACKGROUND OF "THE HOMESCHOOLING MOVEMENT"

· The homeschooling movement has grown in popularity as evidenced by the involvement of an estimated 1.2 million students (Lyman, 1998) and cooperative programs offered by schools.
· Homeschoolers' contact with public schools has encompassed part-time enrollment, dual enrollment and participation in extracurricular activities such as sports (Angelis, 1998).
· Fager and Brewster (2000) documented homeschoolers' use of computer labs, on-line courses, chat rooms, e-mail and phone support from supervising teachers. There is, however, a sparsity of research dealing with the participation of homeschoolers in school counseling programs.
· This is an excellent opportunity for counseling professionals to reach a new population of students in need of counseling and guidance services. The extension of services to homeschoolers would involve community outreach, could better enhance community relations and build partnerships that are beneficial to homeschoolers.
· There are several reasons and ways professional school counselors can make positive connections with homeschoolers.

SCHOOL COUNSELLORS MAKING POSITIVE CONNECTIONS WITH HOMESCHOOLERS

1. One of the primary reasons for building partnerships with the homeschooling population is to serve students, which is consistent with the public school mission to provide "quality educational experiences for all school-aged children" (Pearson, 1996).

2. Other reasons include the requirements of state legislation, funding that may be available for serving homeschooled children as a result of state guidelines (Mayberry et al, 1995), and "maintaining positive working relationships with students who may eventually re-enroll in the school" (Lines, 1995). In rural settings, the appeal for school counseling services may be greater since alternative options for services may not be available (Sherwood, 1989).

3. There is, however, little research dedicated to the involvement of ...

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