A Tale of Two Schoolings: A leisure scholar’s autoethnographic exploration of different learning settings
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What do homeschooling, public school, leisure studies, and factors such as freedom of choice, trust, and competence have in common? I have been asking myself this question for over a decade now. Or, rather, not so much what do they have in common but where do they intersect and overlap and how do they relate to each other? Looking to explore the relationships between these factors and understand those relationships in more detail, for my doctoral dissertation I undertook this autoethnographic study to explore my own learning experiences in two different settings while looking through the lens of leisure studies scholarship. Embracing the partial, subjective, and personal nature of autoethnography of this sort I hope that this work shares my personal experiences in a rich and evocative manner while also examining and exploring these experiences within a broader sociocultural framework through engagement with my academic background in leisure studies. In particular, my reflections led me to discussing the impact and importance of competence, sense of freedom, and relationships within these learning experiences and how the form and sociological function of school can impact both lived experiences and conceptualizations of learning and development.