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Gina Riley, Ph.D.    A Survey of 75 Grown Unschoolers

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Area of the World from Which You Will Present:  United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Homeschooling/Unschooling parents and researchers and/or those curious about the adult outcomes of homeschoolers/unschoolers.

Short Session Description (one line): This presentation is a summary of research Peter Gray, Ph.D. and I did on 75 unschooled adults.

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After doing a study of 200 + unschooling families, Dr. Peter Gray and I decided to focus on how unschoolers fare in adulthood. A call for research was made in March, and over 75 adults who had been unschooled answered our call for research. Within this workshop, we will discuss how our participants made the decision to unschool, the social experiences of unschoolers, the advantages/disadvantages of unschooling, both as a child and as an adult, choices unschooled adults have made re: higher education and continuing education, and career choices made by unschooled adults.

Gina Riley, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Psychology, School Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Hunter College in Manhattan and Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Her master's thesis and doctoral dissertation both focused on measures of self-determination and intrinsic motivation in homeschoolers. Dr. Riley’s current research interests include homeschooling and unschooling, intrinsic motivation in education, and the study of learning disabilities. She also holds several certificates in online education, distance learning, and educational technology.

Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, animal behavior, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education.  He is author of Psychology (Worth Publishers), a college textbook now in its 6th edition.   Most of his recent research and writing has to do with the value of free, unsupervised play for children’s healthy social, emotional, and intellectual development. 

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