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Christian BeckChristian W. Beck is a professor at the University of Oslo, Norway, where he teaches courses in educational research. He is a leading scholar in the sociology of education with a particular emphasis on European home education, its purpose and significance. Since 1998 he has conducted research on home education in Norway, estimating the population and surveying representative samples, and has authored and edited numerous publications on home education.
[University website] [Web page] [My Homeschool Publications


Dr. Brabant
Christine Brabant
is a professor at Université de Montréal in Canada, where she teaches courses in educational administration. In association with the Belgian Catholic University of Leuven's Centre for Philosophy of Law, she is exploring the possibility of reflexive governance education and, in particular, the potential for collective participation among homeschoolers and educational authorities.  She has published preliminary findings on this research, and both her master and doctoral theses studied home education as well.
[University website] [Web page] [My Homeschool Publications]


Dr. Fields Cheryl Fields is a professor at the University of Georgia, where she teaches courses in elementary education. Her 2004 dissertation focused on family engagement of 22 Black parents in five elementary school settings, during which she was also introduced to a Black homeschooling family.  Intrigued, Dr. Fields conducted a two-year Spencer Foundation study of Black home education among 46 families, and continues this line of research today.
[Web page] [My Homeschool Publications]


Milton Gaither
Milton Gaither
is a professor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in educational foundations, moral education, and general studies.  His 2008 book Homeschool: An American History was the first book-length treatment of its theme, and he has continued this line of research in several subsequent articles.  He has been blogging about homeschooling research since 2008 and serves as ICHER’s co-Director of Research.
[Web page] [My Homeschool Publications]

 

Dr. KunzmanRobert Kunzman is a professor at Indiana University, where he teaches courses in curriculum, pedagogy, and philosophy of education.  His research explores the intersection of citizenship, religion, and education, with a particular focus on homeschooling.  He serves as the Managing Director of ICHER, and is the author most recently of Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling (2009).
[Webpage] [My Homeschool Publications]


Thomas Spiegler Thomas Spiegler is a professor at Friedensau Adv. University, where he teaches courses in sociology and research methods.  An expert in theology and sociology, he has conducted extensive empirical research on home education in the German context, including the first study exploring the development of German homeschooling, parental motives, educational approaches, and legal issues.
[Webpage] [My Homeschool Publications]