ERIC Number: ED428894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Homework Assistance & Out-of-School Time: Filling the Need, Finding a Balance. The MOST Initiative.
O'Connor, Susan; McGuire, Kate
This document is designed to help out-of-school programs examine their role in providing homework assistance to the students in their care. It explores the renewed emphasis on homework, describes research findings on the purposes and effects of homework, and presents the position of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). A list of discussion or survey questions is provided for students, program and school staff, and families to gather information for decision-making. Common concerns about homework that are exhibited by children, their families, and by staff are examined. Also discussed is how programs can support communication between home and school. Advantages and disadvantages to several different approaches to providing homework assistance are described: (1) homework as one activity choice; (2) a contracted activity choice; (3) part of the daily schedule for all students; and (4) including a tutoring, mentoring, or enrichment component. The report closes by providing tips for helping children with learning disabilities, makes suggestions for projects in several areas, and delineates necessary resources for a homework center. An appendix includes program models, a sample agenda for training providers to help with homework, sample homework agreement, and a resource guide. Contains 21 references. A separately-published booklet designed for parents, that summarizes the main points of the main research paper, is appended. (KB)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Assignments, Caregiver Role, Child Caregivers, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Homework, Parent Materials
NIOST, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02181.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. National Inst. on Out-of-School Time.