ERIC Number: ED361089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Learning Out of School: Homework, Policy and Practice. A Research Study Commissioned by the Scottish Education Department.
MacBeath, John; Turner, Mary
This report presents results from a study that examined homework issues and practices by surveying teachers, students, and parents in 13 schools in different parts of Scotland. The first of the report's 10 chapters outlines background information and the research strategy used in this study. In chapter 2, findings of previous research on homework are summarized. Chapter 3 describes the purposes of homework from the perspectives of teachers, students, and parents. The findings of the study are presented in chapters 4 through 10, and address the following questions: Is homework worthwhile? What is the nature of homework? How long do pupils spend on homework? What is the environment of homework? What is the role of parents in monitoring and support? and What principles lead to better homework practice? An appendix provides policy principles, based on the study's findings, on the following: (1) school policy; (2) homework tasks; (3) teacher's management of homework; (4) communication with parents; (5) parent workshops; (6) the school board; (7) strategies for independent learning; (8) sanctions; (9) teacher training and staff development; and (10) regional policy. (MM)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Homework, Parent Attitudes, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Sales and Publications, Jordanhill College, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow G13 1PP, Scotland, United Kingdom (4 British Pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jordanhill Coll., Glasgow (Scotland).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)