ERIC Number: EJ1058987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 19
Homework Plans: A Tool for Promoting Independence
Hampshire, Patricia K.; Butera, Gretchen D.; Hourcade, Jack J.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v46 n6 p158-168 Jul-Aug 2014
The authors of this article discuss a well-acknowledged fact in the world of education--for many students, parents, and teachers, the word "homework" elicits feelings of dread. Although homework is common in most educational settings, not all students benefit from this learning tool, especially without careful planning and forethought. However, homework has been found to directly relate to academic achievement overall. Homework is also associated with improved student attitudes toward school and increased parent involvement in the educational process. Homework can help students develop organizational skills and promote self-management. By learning to self-manage, students also build self-determination skills. "A Homework Plan" may help students with special education needs to achieve these goals. In setting up the plan: (1) determine who will be involved and what role each person will play; (2) determine the goals that should be addressed; (3) determine what accommodations should be incorporated; and (4) determine additional considerations (e.g. routine, homework checklist, distractions, and progress monitoring). Although additional time may be needed up front to meet and design components of the homework plan, this preparation will pay off as the student increasingly acquires the long-term independent skills needed for self-management and organization. In addition, a collaborative approach to planning will help to promote a positive relationship between families and school professionals.
Descriptors: Homework, Educational Benefits, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, Parent Participation, Self Management, Self Determination, Special Education, Disabilities, Assignments, Check Lists, Progress Monitoring
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