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How Homeschooling Happens

A Phenomenological Study of Educational Practices in the Home Education Setting

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About The Researcher

Dr. Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock

Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock is a Ph.D. candidate at Liberty University and an education advocate. She has a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in General Education with a certificate in Gifted Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is currently also completing the requirements to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Dyslexia Therapist.

Bridgette is trained in classical education, has served as a director of an international education cooperative, and volunteered with state and military homeschool support and advocacy organizations.

Bridgette and her husband have been homeschooling "since the beginning."  Their children are in middle and high school. She has taught homeschool cooperative classes, spoken at homeschool conventions, and volunteered with homeschool sports organizations.



If you have previously filled out the survey form and have not received an email from me, please check your spam/junk folder. You may also contact me at bwhitlowspurlock(at)liberty.edu


About The Study

As a graduate student in the School of Education at Liberty University, I am conducting research as part of the requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The purpose of my research is to examine the educational processes that occur in the homeschool environment and expand a theory of home education, which was based on the experiences of those who homeschool gifted and twice-exceptional children, to the general homeschool population. Eligible participants are invited to join my study.


  • Participants must be 18 years old and a home educator with 3 years of experience.

  • You must be the individual legally responsible for providing the home education for the students, which can include parents, grandparents, guardians, or other caregivers based on your local regulation for home education.

  • Additionally, you must meet the definition of home education: parent-funded, parent-chosen, and parent-directed. Those using full-time virtual public or private schools do not meet these criteria; however, those using part-time virtual schools do.

Participant will be asked to:

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The interview will last approximately one hour.

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Write a Response to a Vignette

The time required to respond to the vignette should take approximately 30 minutes.

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Complete Journal Entries

Writing journals could take up to one hour.

A copy of the consent form is available below for viewing. Please review the consent form for further details about the study. If you feel you could participate in the study, please complete the survey below.

Once your eligibility has been established, you will receive an official copy consent form via email that must be signed and returned prior to participation in the study.

Individuals residing in the EU. Please refer to the GDPR Consent Form:

You will be taken to a Google Form then you will be contacted, if chosen for the study. This study is limited to 10-15 participants.