ERIC Number: ED394644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Township Youth and Their Homework.
The aim of this book is to inform teachers about the problems and opportunities raised by homework assignments particularly for black township youth in South Africa. Homework is an important aspect of the learning process and sets the scene for emergent pupil independence in education. It also provides the space for pupils to free themselves from the immediate direction of their mentors and define their personal "culture of learning." A study of homework patterns of 300 high school pupils living in three-generation families in Soweto and Durban townships was conducted to examine the influence of the home environment on the educational performance and achievement of contemporary youth. Formal face-to-face interviews were conducted with high school pupils, their parents and grandparents. The survey was carried out in a 3-week period. All three generations answered questions on the school attended by the designated high school pupil, the child's performance at school and satisfaction with the schooling. All participants completed a diary or time budget for a prescribed weekday. The study found that homework routines were well established in the households that were surveyed. Students often do homework after dinner, and there were as many references to doing homework alone as there were to doing homework with schoolfriends or members of a study group or family. (Contains 41 references.) (MOK)
Descriptors: Blacks, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Homework, Interviews, Parent Influence, Parent Student Relationship, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation, Youth
HSRC Publishers, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001.
Publication Type: Books; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).
Identifiers: South Africa