Advertisement

Investigating Creative Arts Practices in Australian Home Education Through Design-Based Research: Entering the Research Maze with the Spirit of Adventure

  • Katie Burke
Chapter
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)

Abstract

The research journey is rarely a straightforward process. Instead, the many complexities and contextual requirements that a researcher faces, including their specific research focus, chosen approach and desired outcomes present the researcher with a veritable maze of decisions throughout their journey. Like decisions made in the maze, where the “way ahead” is not able to be clearly seen, decisions made throughout the research process are rarely guaranteed to achieve a straightforward outcome and may lead to further complexities, dead ends where work is wasted, or a “wrong turn” that leads down a path that is later found to thwart the intended objectives. And yet, the maze is compelling. The lure of the hard-won victory for those who conquer the maze makes it all the more enticing; easily attained goals rarely hold the same appeal.

Keywords

Online Community Design Solution Support Resource Sociocultural Theory Wrong Turn 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2011). Shape of the Australian curriculum: The arts. http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_The_Arts_-_Compressed.pdf
  2. Barratt-Peacock, J. (1997). The why and how of Australian home education. Unpublished doctoral thesis, La Trobe University, Australia.Google Scholar
  3. Cornett, C. E. (2011). Creating meaning through literature and the arts: An integration resource for classroom teachers (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson.Google Scholar
  4. Dinham, J. (2014). Delivering authentic arts education (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Cengage.Google Scholar
  5. English, R. (2012). Schooling from home: An ad-hoc answer to low teacher numbers? Principal Matters, 93, 18–20.Google Scholar
  6. Ewing, R. (2010). The arts and Australian education: Realising potential. Camberwell: Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).Google Scholar
  7. Finger, G., Jamieson-Proctor, R., & Russell, N. (2007). Transforming learning with ICT: Making IT happen. Frenchs Forest: Pearson.Google Scholar
  8. Harding, T. A. (2011). A study of parents’ conceptions of their role as home educators of their children. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.Google Scholar
  9. Herrington, J., & Reeves, T. C. (2011). Using design principles to improve pedagogical practice and promote student engagement. Paper presented at the ASCILITE conference 2011, 4–7 December 2011, Wrest Point, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 594–601.Google Scholar
  10. Home Education Association Australia. (2015). NSW home education inquiry: There’s an election, now is the time to lobby!. http://www.hea.edu.au/umbraco/newsletterstudio/pages/newsletterrender.aspx?nid=kDoVnut%2b8zc%3d&e=LfZ5z1V3w8ndqeefuWk9A2v3orqTj2wW
  11. Jackson, G. (2008). Australian home education and Vygotskian learning theory. Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 15(1), 39–48.Google Scholar
  12. Lave, J., & Wenger, E. (1991). Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Levinson, M. P. (2004). Navigating without fixed points: The perils of open-ended research. In P. Coombes, M. Danaher, & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Strategic uncertainties: Ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research (pp. 130–142). Brisbane: Post Pressed.Google Scholar
  14. Martin-Chang, S., Gould, O. N., & Meuse, R. E. (2011). The impact of schooling on academic achievement: Evidence from homeschooled and traditionally schooled students. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 43(3), 195–202.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Morton, R. (2010). Home education: Constructions of choice. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 3(1), 45–56.Google Scholar
  16. Reeves, T. C., McKenney, S., & Herrington, J. (2011). Publishing and perishing: The critical importance of educational design research. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(1), 55–65.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Rothermel, P. (2011). Setting the record straight: Interviews with a hundred British home educating families. Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning, 5(10), 20–57.Google Scholar
  18. Rowan, R. (2004). (De)Constructing educational risk: A discursive and ecological approach to research. In P. N. Coombes, M. J. M. Danaher, & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Strategic uncertainties: Ethics, politics and risk in contemporary educational research (pp. 11–25). Brisbane: Post Pressed.Google Scholar
  19. Ryman, S., Hardham, G., Richardson, B., & Ross, J. (2009). Creating and sustaining online learning communities: Designing for transformative learning. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 5(3), 32–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Sansom, M. (2014, August 26). Home schooling surge put under the microscope. Government News. http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2014/08/home-schooling-surge-put-microscope/
  21. Sinnerton, J. (2014, May 17). Home schooling takes off in Queensland amid NAPLAN stress, bullying fears. Courier Mail, pp. 26–27. Retrieved from http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/home-schooling-takes-off-in-queensland-amid-naplan-stress-bullying-fears/story-fngqim8m-1226920659333
  22. Smith, A. (2014). Rise in home schooling spurs parliamentary inquiry. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/rise-in-home-schooling-spurs-parliamentary-inquiry-20140531-39b0a.html
  23. Strange, P. (2013). How many home educators in Australia?. Retrieved from http://www.hea.edu.au/articles/general/how-many-home-educators-in-australia/
  24. Taylor-Hough, D. (2010). Are all homeschooling methods created equal?. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED510702.pdf
  25. Thomas, A. (1998). Educating children at home. London/New York: Cassell.Google Scholar
  26. Tovey, J. (2013). Homeschooling up 65% in four years. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/home-schooling-up-65-in-four-years-20130907-2tcj8.html
  27. Townsend, I. (2012). Background Briefing: Thousands of parents illegally homeschooling [Radio news report]. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-28/thousands-of-parents-illegally-home-schooling/3798008

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katie Burke
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Education, Law and ArtsUniversity of Southern QueenslandFraser CoastAustralia

Personalised recommendations