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Homework: Why Do It? (page 2)

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Updated on Mar 15, 2011

Homework: why do it? 

Well the answer is easy. This researcher is by no means promoting that teachers do not assign homework, nor is he supporting that children do not do homework that is assigned. Rather, students should do their appropriately assigned homework, especially those assignments that are thoughtfully crafted by their teachers. As you can see above in all of the graphs, a student’s overall average was directly correlated to their overall homework average. What does this mean? Well, based on data collection and research, it sheds some light on the topic that has been so rigorously debated in the educational world. Homework that is given by a teacher that uses Effective Teaching Strategies is meaningful and the students benefit. While homework that is given by a teacher just as means of busy work, the results are not indicative at all. There is simply no correlation. 

In short, an effective teacher assigns effective homework and when that parallel is created a fantastic learning environment is cultivated. The learning experience for that child far exceeds the walls of the classroom. He or she truly becomes a life-long learner.

References

Cooper, Harris., & Lindsay, James J.,& Greathouse, Scott. "Relationships Among Attitudes About Howmework, Amount of Homework Assigned and Completed, and Student Achievement" by Harris Cooper, Ph.D., University of Missouri-- Columbia, and Barbara Nye, Ph.D., of Tennessee State University in Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol. 90, No. 1.

Marzano, Robert J. (2007). The Art and Science of Teaching. Alexandria, VA.

Zentall, Sydney S., & Goldstein, Sam. (1999, Specialty Press, Inc). Seven Steps to Homework Success: A Family Guide for Solving Common Homework Problems

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF THE TEACHERS WHO ALLOWED THIS RESEARCH TO TAKE PLACE IN ORDER TO GET THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN. IT WAS TRULY APPRECIATED. YOUR HARD WORK DEFINITELY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN.

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