Week 1 project development 06.06.2020
This module I am planning on creating a multimedia piece, using still and moving image, and audio from interviews, to create a response to the rise in families choosing to home educate , or to educate otherwise than at school, once schools have resumed post Covid.
Project development this week has consisted of two zoom calls , and messaging potential participants for this modules focus. During the break I decided this module to focus on collecting stories and information from parents who’s children were in school (prior to the schools locking down due to coronavirus), and now , since trying home educating, have decided for whatever reason, to continue home educating full time.
My initial step was to post to Facebook on various local home educating pages, asking if there were any parents in Cornwall who had not been home educating prior to lockdown from Covid, and who were now after experiencing home schooling during school closures, were now looking at continuing home educating long term. I received a positive response from the community on this, with around 12/13 replies to the first posting. I will want/need more participants than this, my options are to continue to post this ‘call out’ regularly as I anticipate that like with my second module project in Cornwall, the more people that take part, the more others start to feel less nervous about participating, and the more people join in after a time. Secondly, I could spread this request out to Devon firstly, or nationally if needed, to reflect a broader audience. At the moment I have not decided on my preference for this, so I will be thinking about it more in the coming weeks.
My first zoom was with a group of home educating parents, and parents looking to potentially continue home educating after lockdown. I set this zoom up with a fellow home educating mom and it is now becoming a regular fortnightly social for home ed families looking to discuss interests surrounding home ed, and a place for parents who are interested in home educating to come and talk to people who are knowledgeable and experienced in it, to be able to ask the questions they have, in a safe, friendly and open environment. I invited along four mums to this who had responded to my Facebook ‘call out’ as parents who were interested in home educating, and three of them were able to attend. They found this really useful and informative, and our 40 minuet zoom could of easily gone on for another hour. In each of these sessions we will have a different topic of focus to start us off, followed by half an hour of general chat and questions around home educating. I am planning on presenting my project to the community at one of the next sessions, and will also be asking if any of the participants who are new to home educating wish to take part.
My second zoom call was to a lady called Jo , who is currently undertaking an MA in educational research at Exeter university. Jo had posted on some of the same national home education groups on Facebook as I do, about a survey she was currently running through Exeter university, looking into home education, the influx of people home schooling in the country, and how as long term home educators we see the difference between the two concepts. I contacted jo about her research to see how we could potentially learn from each other, and assist each other in our complimentary research. I am really glad I did this as our talk was brilliant, and led to many new potential branches of my project. We found we are essentially trying to achieve the same goal, to bring awareness to home education, the reasons people do it, and how they do it, but Jo through studies, statistics, and research, myself through visual imagery. The outcome for both would be the same though hopefully – a deeper collective understanding of home education within the broader community, and a connected language on alternative education within the alternative education community. Jo and I discussed the various people we have encountered through our own research, that are individually trying to create the same changes and awareness that we are ourselves, we discussed the possibility of bringing them all together for a zoom talk, where we can each present ourselves and our research, and what we are trying to achieve with it, so we can see how we can help support each other, and our areas of individual research. Jo is going to work more on this in the coming days and get back to me.