Fact #1 The homework is time consuming.
In a study of over 7000 students (average age of 13), questionnaires revealed that when more than 60 minutes of homework is provided, students resisted. In addition, based on standardised tests, more than 60 minutes of homework, did not significantly impact test scores.
Fact #2 The value of homework is misunderstood
Students erroneously believe that homework only has academic value. In a study of 25 teachers, interviews showed that teachers’ use of homework extended beyond the traditional practice of academic content. For example, 75% of these teachers report homework as an effective tool (to measure learning motivation, confidence, and ability to take responsibility).
Fact #3 The assignment is a one-size fits all.
In a study of 112 chemistry students, the learners report interest in different types of homework. For example, 62% of students are satisfied with online assignments, whereas, 41% are satisfied with traditional paper assignments.
Fact #4 The homework is not built into classroom assessments.
Students want their homework to prepare them for assessments. When surveyed, 85% of students report they would complete more homework if the material was used on tests and quizzes. By being able to see that they're actually making progress from completing their homework it gives them more of an incentive to complete it!
TEACHER TIP: Provide your student with feedback.
Acknowledging homework attempts matter. A survey of 1000 students shows that learners want recognition for attempting and completing homework (versus just getting the homework correct).
Also, students desire praise for their homework effort. In a study of 180 undergraduate students, almost half of the learners agreed that teacher recognition of ‘doing a good job’ was important to them.
So what does keep students engaged?
On top of all this it’s no surprise that students find it more engaging to revise and complete tasks through the use of technology and educational apps rather than the usual textbooks and the information crammed revision booklets.
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