ERIC Number: ED036446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Increased Home-School Contact on Performance and Attitudes in Mathematics.
Buchanan, Anne E.; And Others
Reported is a study to determine the influence of increased home-school contact on children's performance and attitudes in mathematics. Single and combined effects of frequent parent-teacher conferences and of homework were studied. S's were 83 second-grade students from three arithmetic classes representing high, medium, and low achievers. Within each achievement level group, S's were randomly assigned to one of three experimental groups (Conference-Homework, Conference, Homework) or to a control group. Parents of Ss in the Conference-Homework group participated in parent-teacher conferences every other week for 12 weeks and received homework assignments for the Ss. Parents of Ss in the conference group attended similar conferences but were not given homework for the Ss. Ss in the Homework group received homework assignments but their parents did not attend conferences. Among results reported were (1) Homework facilitated performance of low-and high-achieving Ss on the posttest, whereas it had the opposite effect on high-achieving Ss, and (2) High-achieving Ss showed a strong negative change in attitude, average-achieving Ss a somewhat less negative change, and low-achieving Ss a slight positive change. (RP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.