Homework – Does it Improve Student Achievement?

Last semester my ECS 410 prof showed us this article:

Homework or Not?

I had this to say about it:

This article got me thinking about homework in French.  I think that it depends on the students and what they are doing.  I feel that assigning homework that requires oral speaking is not acceptable in a French classroom because students will not have the teacher there to ensure that they are properly pronouncing the words.  If students begin to pronounce the word wrong fossilization can occur and students will begin to pronounce the word wrong all the time, once fossilization occurs then it is harder to fix the mistake. Students should not be required to practice oral communication outside of the classroom. On the other hand if students must study for a grammar quiz, they are able to do that at home, as long as they have the materials required to verify their answers.  I am not a huge fan of homework, probably because I had a lot of it in High School, but I think that homework is important in developing studying skills and independence.  If students are continuing on to post-secondary they will need to have good studying skills and the ability to do homework.  Since I had so much homework in High School I was more prepared for university and all of the homework that was required of me, therefore it turned out to be a good thing. I can see both the pros and cons that come with assigning homework and I think the teachers need to have a balance. When I am teaching I may assign homework but it will be only for practice and it will not be for marks.  I strongly disagree with giving marks to students who correctly do their homework. I also think it is okay to assign homework to students that are not using their class time appropriately, if a student is slacking and not working on the task they are assigned then they should be responsible for finishing it outside of class.  Like I said it depends on the students and the teacher and their beliefs. Therefore, I do not think I am able to make a full decision about homework until I am teaching and until I know my students.

What is your view on homework?

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6 thoughts on “Homework – Does it Improve Student Achievement?

  1. “Does homework improve achievement?” The question sounds so simple but the answer is complex. Most parents may believe that homework improves students grade but there are other variable that need to be taken into account.

    Here is something interesting that I read – “In 2009, the Canadian Council on Learning analyzed 18 studies to update Harris Cooper’s 2006 research on this contentious topic. These studies suggest that some homework does help students to achieve but (1) only in the case of some children, (2) only for a reasonable period of time and (3) only if the homework is meaningful and engaging and if it requires active thinking and learning.”

    If students start getting too much of homework, it can lead to boredom. It can deny them access to leisure activities that also teach important life skills, as they will have to spend more time finishing their homework. It can increase parents involvement leading to pressure buildup on the child. So according to me teachers need to look into all other variables (taking into account every student) before assigning homework.

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  3. Thanks for the feedback. Swati, I think the 3 points you found in that study are crucial and I completely agree with all of them, especially the last one. Homework must be engaging and relevant otherwise students will easily get bored. All through High School I had lots of homework but it was rarely engaging and relevant. I am interested to see how my students react to receiving homework if I decide to do so, or how they react to the idea of no homework. As you mentioned there are many variables to consider when assigning homework and it is important that all teachers take those into account. Homework can help students but it can also harm students.

    Alison I am definitely going to read your blog post and leave you a reply.

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