Fensham, Amber

Amber Fensham
Start date:
October 2012
Research Topic:
An exploration of the role of online networks on the reconfiguration of home-schooling
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Professor Sally Power and Dr. Peter Hemming
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

This thesis aims to explore the place, use and purpose of online networks for home-schooling. Subsidiary to this, it aims to analyse the significance of these technologies for challenging representations of home-schooling and rethinking the relationship between the individual and the collective in education.

The focal research questions will explore:

  1. What are the representations of home-schooling?
  2. What is the nature and intended purpose of online networks for home-schooling?
  3. In what ways are online networks re-appropriated and selectively embedded in aspects of home-schooling?
  4. In what ways can ‘the social’ be re-theorized from this?