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ERIC Number: ED342474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 106
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Homework Completion Rate of Grade Six Students in English through Alternate Assignments and Feedback.
May-Campbell, Christine
This practicum was designed and implemented to increase the homework completion rate of sixth graders in English classes. Objectives were formulated to reflect a statistical increase in homework completion rate by means of calculation and analysis of a computerized gradebook. A review of the literature revealed several viable strategies to increase the homework completion rate of students. Teacher-generated alternate assignments, student-generated assignments, and feedback were selected as the primary solution strategies. Throughout the implementation period, alternate homework assignments were created and used. Students were given the opportunity to design homework assignments that accommodated their individual interests and learning styles. Written feedback was provided, and evaluated assignments were distributed daily. Evaluation and analysis of the computerized gradebook proved that the practicum's statistical objectives had been met. Although the results reflected a minimal level of student achievement, unanticipated results occurred throughout the implementation period. Flexibility of homework assignments enabled the students to produce creative literary pieces and graphic representations that far surpassed expectations. The majority of the students exhibited an increase in motivation, self-esteem, and pride in accomplishment. Recommendations for furthering the primary solutions used in this practicum are provided. Appended are 15 references and related materials. (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A