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ERIC Number: ED001444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Apr
Pages: 7
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SURVEY OF POLICIES ON HOMEWORK.
LANKTON, ROBERT S.; RASSCHARET, WILLIAM M.
RESPONSES TO A QUESTIONNAIRE ON HOMEWORK POLICY WERE RECEIVED FROM 47 TO 48 SCHOOL SYSTEMS TO WHICH THE SURVEY WAS SENT. THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS INCLUDED 23 IN CITIES OF MAJOR SIZE THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND 25 IN CITIES OF THE DETROIT METROPOLITAN AREA. IN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION OF HAVING A POLICY ON HOMEWORK, MOST OF THE LARGE SCHOOL SYSTEMS STATED THAT THEY DID HAVE SUCH A POLICY AND THAT IT WAS FORMALLY WRITTEN. MOST OF THE DETROIT SCHOOL SYSTEMS REPLIED THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE A HOMEWORK POLICY, IMPLYING AN INFORMALLY UNDERSTOOD, RATHER THAN A WRITTEN, HOMEWORK POLICY. ONLY A SLIGHT VARIATION AMONG SCHOOL SYSTEMS ON THE NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVELS APPEARED IN ANSWERS TO A QUESTION REGARDING THE ACTUAL CLOCK HOURS PER WEEK RECOMMENDED BY THE HOMEWORK POLICY. AVERAGE HOURS TO BE SPENT ON HOMEWORK WERE 3 FOR ELEMENTARY PUPILS, 6 1/2 FOR JUNIOR HIGH PUPILS, AND 10 FOR SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS. THE SURVEYED SCHOOL DISTRICTS AGREED THAT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE, VARYING FOR INDIVIDUALS ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS. FLEXIBILITY IN PRACTICE WAS RECOGNIZED AMONG SUBJECT AREAS, CURRICULUM AREAS, DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS, AND DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS. REGARDLESS OF THE KIND OF HOMEWORK POLICY IN A SCHOOL SYSTEM, A PERIODICAL REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF THE POLICY SHOULD BE MADE. THE EVALUATION AND FORMATION PROCEDURES WERE RECOGNIZED AS MOST VALUABLE WHEN THEY CONSTITUTED COOPERATIVE EFFORTS INVOLVING VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.
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Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN; Michigan (Detroit)