ERIC Number: ED319492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Homework as a Learning Experience. What Research Says to the Teacher. Third Edition.
Doyle, Mary Anne E.; Barber, Betsy S.
Three types of homework assignments are common in U.S. schools: practice, preparation, and extension. Reasons cited for assigning homework are: (1) Doing homework is useful as an act of intellectual discipline; (2) Homework eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered; (3) Homework fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility; (4) Homework supplements and reinforces work done in school; and (5) Homework brings home and school closer together. Research into the effectiveness of homework is inconclusive. Nevertheless, homework serves as a vital link between home and school. It is essential that classroom teachers make every effort to ensure that assignments are necessary and useful, appropriate to the ability and maturity of students, well explained, and clearly understood by both student and parent. It appears that home study will play an increasingly important role in learning in the next few decades. Teachers will need to base out-of-school assignments on a solid understanding of, and close cooperation with, the home educational environment, which may include cable television, home computers, videotapes and videodiscs, and links to information utilities. Guidelines for homework policy are provided. A total of 118 references are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family School Relationship, Futures (of Society), Guidelines, Homework, Instructional Effectiveness, Literature Reviews
NEA Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 1084-1-00, $3.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.