About Ruth

I am a mature PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick. I am just completing the first year of my 3 year PhD course and my research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Ruth MortonI have an MA in Social Research and a BA in Sociology (both from Warwick). My specialist area has always been the Sociology of Education, with an interest in the Sociology of Childhood, and these interests are now combined in my research into Home Education in the UK.

My own educational history is quite varied, which has perhaps contributed to my interest in alternative education in general and home education specifically. As my parents moved around when I was a child I attended 8 different schools in 3 countries, giving me a range of educational experiences. Moving around was also in itself an educational experience, perhaps a more profound one, giving me an interest in different lifestyles and cultures. Professionally I have also experienced a range of educational environments, having worked as a residential social worker in secure accommodation, as a Learning Support Assistant in a Secondary School for boys with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) and as a teacher in state sixth form colleges and an independent secondary school.

My interest in home education stems from all these experiences and also from having friends who home educate their children. I believe that knowing more about home education as a practice is an important contribution to the ongoing debate about education.

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