Research on Homework


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What does the research say about homework?

Performance Objectives

-Learners will be able to determine suitable v. poor homework practices, given research on the topic.

-Learners will be able to articulate and evaluate specific homework practices, given several different case studies.

-Learners will select homework practices and justify their choices through discussion, given research on the topic.

Unit Tasks

Task One: Read Chapters 2 and 3 of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn. In place of reading the book, see this excerpt from the book printed on the Psychology Today website: [[1]].

Read the following research on some aspects of homework which include achievement in the classroom and whether or not having a job prevents adolescents from being able to complete their homework.

1. File:Adolescents and Homework.pdf

2. File:Homework and Achievement.pdf

3. File:Time to Work.pdf

Task Two: Analyze the research and present your perspective on homework based on references from the text in a written reaction.

Task Three: Share your written reaction with your small group via email, or chat. Discuss your standpoints by responding to every member, using at least one reference to the text in every response.


Kalenkoski, C.M., & Pabilonia, S.W. (2009). Time to work, or time to play: The effect of student employment on homework, housework, screen time and sleep. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington DC.

Kohn, A.(2006). The homework myth: Why our kids get too much of a bad thing. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press.

Shumow, L., Schmidt, J., & Kackar, H. (2007) Adolescents' experience doing homework: Associations among among context, quality of experience, and outcomes. The School Community Journal, 18(2) 9-27.

Trautwein, U. (2007). The homework-achievement relation reconsidered: Differentiating homework time, homework frequency, and homework effort. Learning and Instruction, 17 372-388.