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ERIC Number: EJ885810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Homework and Learning Mathematics
Grootenboer, Peter
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v14 n4 p11-15 2009
In this article, the author reflects on the impact of homework on his children, and more generally about the value of homework as an educational activity. Putting aside the question as to whether this is in fact homework or just schoolwork done at home, the first fundamental question is whether homework is indeed useful and necessary in a students' education? The author believes that it is important that students engage in regular maintenance, and perhaps homework is a place for revision and reinforcement of previously-learned skills and techniques. He added that although many people would agree that it is a good thing to engage parents in their children's mathematical learning, the challenge is to find meaningful and manageable ways to achieve it. Three key factors in achieving this are finding appropriate tasks and activities, helping build parent confidence and engagement, and ensuring that parents and teachers have a shared agenda.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A