Capstone Project Title

IMPACT OF HOMEWORK ON LEARNING

Term

Spring 2020

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAEd

Facilitator(s)

Trish Harvey

Content Expert

Rudy Kim

Abstract

Homework is a common feature in many middle and high school classrooms around the world, but it is not always utilized effectively. In some instances, homework is assigned with little consideration for its effectiveness and the impact it has on students. Extensive research has been conducted on the topic of homework and its impact on learning and on students. This research indicates that homework can sometimes provide benefit to the student when designed appropriately, but its benefit has a limited impact. This project explores the various reasons that teachers have for assigning homework, such as practice, communication, or as a matter of policy. It also examines how homework can be effectively designed to achieve a real learning objective. Finally, it reflects on the potential consequences homework has on students, such as stress and loss of time for other important activities. A workbook and professional development series were designed to communicate these ideas to teachers and administrators while also engaging them in a critical discussion about homework. The project seeks to generate conversations about homework that challenge preconceived ideas about its necessity or benefit. The goal is to equip educators with the knowledge to make informed choices when determining how to use homework in their classrooms, and to consider alternative approaches. Ultimately, teachers should be making conscious choices about all aspects of teaching and learning for the benefit of the whole student.

Keywords

Achievement, Grades/ Student Performance, Teachers/ Teaching, Homework

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DigitalCommons@Hamline

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application/pdf

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