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ERIC Number: ED496302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Bridging the Great Homework Divide: A Solutions Guide for Parents of Middle School Students
National Education Association Research Department
In a recent survey, parents and middle school students reported that they are challenged by the demands of homework. Responses to the survey, titled "The Great Homework Divide," indicate that students and their parents are struggling to adjust to the middle school workload, which can be both heavier and more varied than previously experienced by these students in a typical elementary school. Two-thirds of parents (66 percent) say that their middle school student seeks their help with homework. More than half of middle school students (57 percent) and their parents (59 percent) report that parents spend at least one hour a night helping with homework. Parents also report helping middle school students with homework, on average, two and one-half nights a week. In cooperation with LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the National Education Association has developed this solutions guide to help parents and middle school students meet the homework challenges they may face. This guide describes reasons why teachers assign homework and have stricter homework policies and it provides tips to help ease the challenges of the homework transition for middle school students and their parents. [LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. also produced this guide.]
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Parents; Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A