||This study examines the experiences and achievements of a cross-cultural family in the process of learning in an alternative educational environment – at the University of the Nations (U of N), Kona HI, USA – with a focus on how the family’s two sons were home-schooled, first within a co-operative home school while of junior high school age, and secondly through home-based distance learning during the senior high school years, as well as on each child’s later participation in a U of N Discipleship Training School program.|
Using qualitative research, a case study and ex post facto research, this study collects data through on-line video interviews, face-to-face interviews and e-mail correspondence with family members. It then uses content subject analysis, document analysis and a literature review to analyze the data. The study’s main findings are that: (1) the U of N offers required courses to students who have the ability to engage in self-regulated learning and resolve problems, (2) the U of N emphasizes cross-curricular learning mix, ed-age learning, character building , (3) the U of N has campuses on all six continents, with courses encompassing seven different domains: family, education, business, religion, government, media and the arts. While many universities lack these features, this family’s experiences with the U of N have given them a new understanding of the value and meaning of life. The study finds that through the learning process, each family member has understood that alternative education – as exemplified by the U of N – has played an important role in their character formation, learning, ability, service and contribution. This can serve as valuable reference to both Taiwanese parents as they make choices regarding their children’s education, and the relevant educational authorities as they plan and fine-tune educational policies.