Date Approved

5-1-2001

Embargo Period

6-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Home schooling

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This research investigated the needs of homeschool educators. Public libraries can play an important role in homeschooled children's social and academic lives. The study focused on whether the needs of homeschool educators from the Atlantic County area of New Jersey were being met and what other public library services could be offered to them. The number of parents reported as homeschooling their children is growing. Larger and larger numbers of homeschoolers may be relying on the public library for some of or all of their curriculum needs. By conducting a survey of the needs of homeschool educators, public librarians may better service the growing number of homeschoolers. A written survey was distributed to two homeschooling groups in Atlantic County. The survey was distributed at the groups' meetings in February of 2001. Twenty-nine surveys were distributed at two homeschooling meetings. Twenty-eight were returned. The surveys were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Homeschool educators did use the library on a regular basis. Homeschool educators also used many of the services and programs that the library offered. The results of the study suggested that the Atlantic County Library System was meeting the needs of homeschool educators.

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