ERIC Number: ED249238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-10
Reference Count: N/A
Homework Practices in FWISD, Fall, 1983.
Fort Worth Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
This homework study was undertaken to assess current homework practices in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) and the extent to which homework is utilized as a tool for effective instruction. Twelve elementary schools, six middle schools, and six high schools divided among low, middle, and high achievement levels were systematically selected to serve as participant locations for the study. Questionnaires were administered to 334 fourth, seventh, and eleventh graders and 144 first, fourth, seventh, and eleventh grade teachers from among the 24 schools. Additionally, telephone interviews were conducted with 90 parents from the school communities. Students generally had homework three or more times a week, involving between 30 minutes and one hour an evening. Between 50 and 75 percent of the students regularly completed homework assignments. Students had homework involving written composition each week. Parents reported that they were not aware of school homework policies. While teachers matched homework to specific instructional objectives, they rarely individualized assignments. Students were generally able to understand homework assignments and complete them without other help. It is recommended that the school's homework policy be communicated to parents, that teachers receive training on proper types of homework assignments through Outcome Based Instruction, and that students spend more time on homework. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fort Worth Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.