Most of this research indicates that homeschooling does not impair children's development of social skills, as measured in these studies. In fact, some research reveals that children who learn at home score higher than children who attend school based on socialization measures. A student who studies at home and who interacts with parents and siblings more than with peers shows self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem. He knows that he is part of a family unit that needs, wants and depends on it.
The result is an independent thinker who is not influenced by her peers and who directs herself in her actions and thoughts. Professional educators, who don't fully understand the many styles of homeschooling, often raise this issue. Homeschooling students are out and about every day, enjoying museums, beaches, parks and shows without the crowds. In one study, trained counselors watched videotapes of mixed groups of homeschooled and schooled children playing.
It describes several controlled studies that compare the social skills of students who study at home and those who are not. I grew up in a part of the country where more than a few parents didn't trust the government with their children's education, and their children were my friends before and after school. He found that homeschooled people were well adapted, demonstrating fewer behavioral problems than their schoolmates. Raymond Moore, author of more than 60 books and articles on human development, has done extensive research on homeschooling and socialization.
In her historical studies on children who learn at home, Patricia Lines (2000) conducted research in which she used mixed play groups to assess the social skills of children who study at home compared to those who did not study at home.