Is homework a necessary evil? Homework battles have raged for decades. For as long as kids have been whining about doing their homework, parents and education reformers have complained that homework's benefits are dubious. Meanwhile many teachers argue that take-home lessons are key to helping students learn. Now, as schools are shifting to the new (and hotly debated) Common Core curriculum standards, educators, administrators and researchers are turning a fresh eye toward the question of homework's value. But when it comes to deciphering the research literature on the subject, homework is anything but an open book.
The 10-minute rule In many ways, homework seems like common sense. Spend more time practicing multiplication or studying Spanish vocabulary and you should get better at math or Spanish. Homework can indeed produce academic benefits, such as increased understanding and retention of the material, says Duke University social psychologist Harris Cooper, PhD, one of the nation's leading homework researchers. What research says about the value of homework: Research review. History of the homework debate. Does homework affect student learning? Does homework have other effects? Does the effect of homework vary with students age? How do different groups of students react to homework? What types of homework assignments are effective? How much time should students spend on homework? What the research means for school districts Does homework help or hinder student learning—and which students, under what conditions, does it help or hinder?
In recent years, the issue has received increased attention in the popular press and has become a topic of controversy. During the past decade, according to Gill and Schlossman (1996), "leading educational spokespersons have celebrated homework as essential to raise educational standards, foster high academic achievement, upgrade the quality of the labor force, and link family and school in a common teaching mission" (27). Perspectives vary, however. History of the homework debate Does homework affect student learning? No37. Homework as percieved by elementry school teachers in Egypt. Homework May Not Be A Good Thing.
"How Successful is Homework Success for Children with ADHD?" by Alexis Resnick. Keywords ADHD, Children, Homework, Intervention, Parent Training Abstract ADHD-diagnosed children generally display multiple difficulties with academic functioning (DuPaul, 2007; Loe & Feldman, 2007; Raggi & Chronis, 2006; Rogers, Wiener, Marton, & Tannock, 2009) and tend to show more frequent and intense homework problems than their peers (Power, Karustis, & Habboushe, 2001). Traditionally, treatments for ADHD have included medication and/or behavioral interventions (DuPaul & Weyandt, 2006; Loe & Feldman, 2007); however, interventions targeting the homework problems of children with ADHD have been limited. One such intervention for the treatment of children with ADHD and homework problems, the Homework Success Program (HSP), has yet to be empirically evaluated with individual families. 10. Educators' perceptions of the evidence used to support decisions about homework: a case study of a former model C secondary school in Gauteng.
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