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Home > Arhiva > 2018 > Numar: 2 > Homeschooling and Socialization in the Romanian Context

 Homeschooling and Socialization in the Romanian Context

    by:
  • Corina Mihaela Mincu (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 9 Schitu Măgureanu Street, 5th District, Bucharest, +4021/311.21.68, E-mail: corina.mincu@yahoo.com)
  • Emanuel Adrian Sârbu (Department of Baptist Theology, University of Bucharest, Berzei Street, no. 29, 1st District, Bucharest; Head of Department, Dept. for the Relation with the Civil Society and other Social Actors, The General Directorate of Social Assistance of Bucharest Municipality, Foişorului Street no. 56-58, 3rd District, Bucharest; Founder Member, Association of Suicidology, Bucharest, E-mail: easarbu@gmail.com)

In Romania, homeschooling became widely known in September 2016, with the media coverage of two local artists who publicly declared they would withdraw their daughter from public school and enroll her in the homeschooling system. While homeschooling is not clearly regulated in the Romanian legislation, and there are no relevant statistics on the number of practitioners, there are indicators that it has been constantly growing since 2001. The main controversy is linked to the problem of socialization, homeschooled children being thought to be inadequately developed socially because of possible isolation. This research aims to explore to which extent the level of development of the social abilities of homeschooled children can be considered comparable to the one of children in the traditional school in the Romanian context.

Keywords: homeschooling, home education, traditional schooling, socialization, social skills