Homework not necessary, says prof.
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:47p.m.
By Laura Frykberg
An Australian academic says doing homework doesn't help primary school children learn more.
Professor Mike Horsley says it doesn't become a useful learning accessory until they're much older.
“There's really no learning gain in terms of homework, in other words, if we look at the amount of time kids spend on learning homework, if we wanted to increase that learning time there wouldn't be any learning gain,” says Mr Horsley of Central Queensland University.
Dr Horsley's is the co-author of a new book about homework which found the way it's currently set doesn't help students under-15 learn more, and it needs to be adapted to the modern age.
“The teachers should plan it in a different way so the other purposes of homework like self-managing your own learning and building these bridges between the home and the community can be achieved,” he says.
The acting principal of a Wellington primary school says many of her staff agree, the only homework they set reinforces learning in the classroom.
“If we send something home that is particularly relevant then we expect it to be done, and will ask for it to be done, but we are not going to set a homework sheet because we don't think that is relevant and it's not going to help those children,” says Kerry Annett, acting principal of Clyde Quay School.
But Dr Horsley isn't advocating abolishing homework altogether, he says it does help prepare students for later study.
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27/10/2012 6:54:42 a.m.
Interesting findings, in the New Zealand context research has shown that reading and basic facts are beneficial if parents understand the purpose and how to support their child . In addition research does not support the notion that primary school homework of say 30 minutes a night develops good work habits ( reflect on your own experience) what home learning ( not homework children should go to school to learn not work) should do is encourage a love of learning , if we achieve this then we are on the right track! Go to www.windsor.school.nz "PRIDE Challenges" for an alternative that has been in action for 5 years and works!!!
26/10/2012 3:37:54 p.m.
I had many learning problems and I have to agree! sending usless homework home made me far more stressed and I couldn't do it. I went on further to pass a degree later because I was fully interested, being happy is number one! Its also a proven fact if you swat for 1 hour before a test you will get more in than previous weeks of study because you forget it all..experience is everything
26/10/2012 9:58:51 a.m.
Keeps them off the sodding Playstation - that has to be good.
26/10/2012 9:41:30 a.m.
Jacqueline Sullivan-Scholey wrote:
It may not be necessary according to some - but... if children get used to study[homework] periods at home I feel that this will put them in good stead for swotting later on in their school years.
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