My research questions are:
� Is there a relationship between homeschooling parents� reasons for teaching at home and the pedagogical methods employed?
� What, if any, public school services would home educators accept? For example, sports programs, part-time academic enrollment, etc.
� Are Conservative Christian parents primarily motivated to homeschool based on ideological reasons?
Homeschooling is a fast growing alternative to traditional education in America. However, few sociological studies have distinguished between families opting for more traditional educational methods involving textbooks, workbooks, and teacher-directed activities, and those engaging primarily in child-directed learning. In my opinion, there is a need for extensive sociological research on this issue, which differentiates between the pedagogical methods used by parents. To speak of home educators as a unified group is deceptive, for their educational approaches and objectives vary widely. Through my research, I hope to contribute to the emerging body of literature which makes these distinctions.