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Unschooling

  • By: William H. Schubert
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Unschooling is often considered a form of home-schooling; however, it differs significantly from both schooling and homeschooling. Unschooling is derived principally from the work of John Holt. It refers to a progressive form of growing without schooling and is based on the premise that the bureaucracy of schooling incorporates many impediments to learning. Holt and his associates founded a magazine and an organization called Growing Without Schooling that encourages parents, children, and interested others to form relationships in which they grow without the impositions of schooling that can be counterproductive to interests and needs of learners.

Holt became well known in the 1960s for his best-selling books, How Children Fail and How Children Learn. Both were written as journals of his observations and interpretations of interactions ...

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