News Study finds homework has limited value

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  1. Leanne Morgan

    Leanne Morgan Administrator Staff Member

    An interesting article and radio excerpt on the relevance of homework, particularly focusing on primary school students. The study found that homework has greatest value when it requires a social element. What do you think?

    Study finds homework has limited value
    AM (ABC)
    By Rachel Carbonell
    New research has found that homework is of little value to primary school children, and students are regularly given too much.

    Australian academics Richard Walker and Mike Horsley's new book Reforming Homework says homework for young primary school children is of little or no value when it comes to academic achievement.
    The book reviews international research on the subject and concludes that the quality of the homework that is set is more important than the quantity.

    Associate Professor Walker, of the University of Sydney, admits that homework can be a touchy subject.
    "There's a lot of disagreement, I have to say. But the consensus findings would essentially be homework's not very beneficial for primary school kids, very limited benefits for junior high school kids, and reasonable benefits for senior high school kids," he said.

    He says another point that emerged from the research was the effect of the involvement of parents in homework.

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