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ERIC Number: EJ1152332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Making Homework Matter to Students
Walk, Lee; Lassak, Marshall
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v22 n9 p546-553 May 2017
Two studies (Trautwein 2007 and Dettmers et al. 2010) show a positive correlation between high-quality homework and mathematics achievement. Students who completed their homework assignments scored better on assessments. However, these studies also showed no relationship between time spent on homework and resulting student achievement. This helped verify that although homework can be a valuable tool for learning, more time spent on daily homework is not necessarily a good idea. In continuing to research effective homework styles and implementation, the author found in many studies that student collaboration was important in developing mathematical reasoning. Students must understand the difference between asking another student for help in thinking through a problem and simply asking for the answer. Homework does not need to be completed independently if the primary goal is to learn about mathematics. This article presents the authors research on the importance of more meaningful homework and how it is an easily achievable goal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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