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ERIC Number: ED374175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Motivating Students To Complete Homework.
Robinson, Cheryl
This report describes a program for improving the completion of homework assignments in a seventh-grade mathematics classroom in a large middle school in Rockford (Illinois). The problem of missing homework was noted by the mathematics teacher and confirmed by the other teachers on the seventh-grade team. Analysis of the probable-cause data revealed that although students expressed a desire to do well in school, they often lacked the behaviors to achieve that success. Solution strategies, suggested by the literature and confirmed by other teachers working on the team, involved guiding the students to take more responsibility for their schoolwork. A grade control chart (GCC) was chosen as a tool to help students track their progress on daily homework completion and set goals for desired performance. The resulting graph provided a visual reminder of progress. The students also kept a journal to establish the relevance of the lesson and to encourage self-assessment. This intervention was not successful in raising the overall homework-completion rate of the target class. However, many individual students appear to have benefitted from the project as indicated by their individual completion rates and their journal entries. Appendixes include team, parent, and student questionnaires; a sample of the GCC; and baseline statistics. (Contains 40 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A