Date of Award

Fall 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Dr. Meghan L. Griffin

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Lisa Coscia


The present study investigated the math self-efficacy of homeschool parents and whether there was a correlation between parental math self-efficacy (PMSE) and parents’ choice of mathematics curriculum. A simple random sample of parents with at least one child enrolled in Classical Conversations (N = 223) completed a survey to measure their math self-efficacy and provide information about their homeschool and mathematics curriculum choice. The PMSE level was a statistically significant 4.17, indicating that the sample has much confidence in their ability to learn and do mathematics. The study revealed a significant though small correlation between PMSE and the level of involvement required by the curriculum. As PMSE increased, parental involvement in the curriculum also increased. As increasing numbers of parents choose to homeschool, understanding the academic characteristics of homeschool parents will allow homeschool support organizations and curriculum developers to best meet the needs of parents as they seek to educate their children.