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Homework: Does it Really Matter? Randall JonesLiberty UniversityDr. Kelly PaynterMarch 13, 2016
The topic of homework is one that has been more controversial as of late. Homework is considered as any task(s) that are assigned to students that are to be completed outside of the normal school hours. There are two opposing theories on homework. Studies have shown that homework can be beneficial to students, and create higher achievements. Other studies show that homework has limited benefits to student achievement. An overload of homework may lead to bad habits, such as too much caffeine, lack of sleep, and stress. Any combination of these could result in negative health for students. Upon review of the articles researches, there appear to be three main themes that evolved. The first is that homework holds no significant benefits for anyone, and therefore should be eliminated. The second theme is that homework is beneficial only to the average student, as the above and below grade level students will not deviate from their normal grades regardless. The third theme is that homework is helpful, but only if done in moderation. Abstract
Purpose StatementThe purpose of this study is to determine if homework that is assigned and completed, correlates to student achievement.
Research Questions and HypothesesWhat quantity of homework should be assigned?Do homework assignments enhance achievements?What percentage of parents are involved in the homework process?How does homework negatively affect families?Less than 30 minutes per classDepends upon the studentLess than half, and decreasing progressively as students get olderStress, bad eating and sleep habits
Variables and Key Terms to KnowHomework, correlation, academics, education, classroom, stress, testing
Homework - is a set of tasks assigned to students to be completed outside the normal school hoursCorrelation – used in conjunction with homeworkin searches to research positive and negative effectsAcademics – used as a search term to filter through articles not pertaining to the classic classroom setting (i.e. homeschool)Education – used as a search term to filter through articles not pertaining to the classic classroom setting (i.e. homeschool)Classroom – used as a main keyword in searches, with class types and/or grade levels preceding itStress – a term found in several articles with a negative connotation for homework.Testing – the form of assessment used to determine the true effects of homework for the students
Each class should be made up of three types of students: Above grade level (A’s) Below grade level (D-F’s) On grade level (B-C’s).Each group, which will now be referred to as A (above), B (below), and O (on). These groups will be separated in each class (honors class denoted with h). “No-homework group” or control (c) group. After introducing a unit, homework will be assigned, with cA, cB, cO, and cAh, cBh, and cOh, completing homework as normal. The remaining groups will be instructed that they will have no homework for the unit. To keep things “fair” with all students, the groups will be reversed for the next unit.

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