College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2021-12-10 11:10:24

Major

Adolescent to Young Adult

Honors Course

5300:430-002

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Date of Expected Graduation

Winter 2021

Abstract

This project centers around research on and discussion about current teachers’ perspective on homework. Data was gathered using an online survey that was sent to a high school and an elementary school. The intent was to draw attention to how each school responded; more specifically how the answers between schools differed. Can we conclude that homework is more beneficial to students in a particular age group? The people who are most qualified to answer that question are those who track student progress daily. An essential part of teaching is assessing student understanding and using the results to direct the instruction of the following lessons. Homework is intended to provide teachers with a measurement of student understanding throughout the school week. The survey used in this project collected information about how each respondent implements homework; such as how often homework is assigned, whether it is graded for completion or correctness, and how much homework is weighted in the grade book. Looking at the results, no definite conclusions are able to be made regarding grade level and homework. The results of this survey were not cut and dry, but some interesting observations emerged. More elementary teachers (40.0%) of those who responded grade homework for completeness as opposed to high school teachers (29.4%) Also 40% of the teachers do not enter homework in their gradebook at all. While 78.1% of participants said that homework was beneficial, many note that it is only beneficial for students who put in the effect to completing it.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Lynne M. Pachnowski

First Reader

Dr. Gary Holliday

Second Reader

Dr. Linda Saliga

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Lynne M. Pachnowski

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