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ERIC Number: EJ775335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Homework Inoculation and the Limits of Research
Jackson, Bruce
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n1 p55-59 Sep 2007
When it comes to homework, the commonsense approach is doubly vulnerable, since homework is often a hot-button issue for parents, school boards, and the students themselves, while its long-term consequences extend well beyond the immediate school setting. One might hope for less heat and more light from the experts--perhaps even a nuanced understanding of homework that recognizes its complexity, variability, and potential for both positive and negative effects. Missing from these discussions, and from the vast majority of educational research, is a longitudinal perspective. In this article, the author argues that educational research is unlikely to uncover the truth about homework. He suggests that, depending on its nature, homework in the elementary grades can have either positive or (due to the inoculation effect) perversely negative effects on school performance. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A