Homework Design and Resources
Presented by: Casey Fischer
- What types of homework are given in a middle school level math classroom?
- What are the trends in the type of homework that is given in a middle school level math classroom?
- What resources are needed for the student to complete the homework?
- What are the trends in the resources students need to complete the homework?
Literature Review Themes
2. Purpose and Reason for Homework --- there are nine purposes teachers use to assign homework: practicing skills taught in class, preparation for the next lesson or completing unfinished work, participation, personal development, parent-teacher communication, parent-child relations, peer interactions, satisfying policy makers, and punishment.
3. Types of Homework --- there are four main categories for the type of homework assigned: review, practice, or drill the same-day content, elaborate or enrich material, review content from previous lessons, prepare students for content that would be covered in future lessons.
Methods and Design
Paradigm - Positivist
- Focus on numerical data
- Fixed reality - one concluding truth
- Establish universal truth, rule or explanation
- Neutral researcher - numbers speak for themselves
Methodology - Quantitative
- Measurement - consistent measuring device, precise conclusion
- Generalization - sample of population of teachers and students
- Causality - strong casual inferences from internal reliability
- Replication - explicit methods to increase ability to repeat research
Data collection Method - Survey
- Teacher survey - focus on design of homework, taken online in Google Form once in the beginning, and again at the end, sent through email
- Student survey - focus on resources used to complete homework, paper form like a checklist, completed at home with parent, or in school with teacher, collected at least twice a week for six weeks (one grading period)
Hope to Learn
- Fill in gaps in previous research
- Teachers gain knowledge on trend in homework design and resources needed to students
- Parents will understand resources students need to complete math homework
- Know the common type of homework design and, if possible, suggest changes for future design of homework
- Know what students need most to complete math homework, and suggest ways for students to have access to these resources