1st Edition

International Perspectives on Student Outcomes and Homework Family-School-Community Partnerships

Edited By Rollande Deslandes Copyright 2009
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    This synthesis of the latest knowledge on homework presents unique findings by researchers from various countries and diverse professional backgrounds.  It approaches the topic of homework from several perspectives, including

    • its political and cultural contexts
    • aspects of parental involvement and parent-child relationships
    • school contexts and practices
    • observable impacts

    It highlights homework-specific concerns and considers two principal solutions.  Firstly, support initiatives from schools and communities.  Secondly, improved homework design, aimed at attracting greater student interest and promoting communication within families. Recommendations for practice and future research are also discussed.

    A political analysis shows that current confusion about homework might stem from a tension between two prevailing ideologies, one stressing students’ improved achievement in competing economies, and the other privileging collaboration between the school, family and community. This book considers how both teachers and parents can ensure a balance between the child’s school life and his or her overall development. Certain community resources are available to parents and students, but these in no way absolve parents of the responsibility to maintain an interest in their child’s school activities.

    International Perspectives on Student Outcomes and Homework proposes ideas and actions of relevance to everyone interested in the issue: school administrations, teachers in training and in practice, parents, and researchers eager to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.  It is a perfect companion to International Perspectives on Contexts, Communities and Evaluated Innovative Practices, also edited by Rollande Deslandes, and published simultaneously by Routledge.


    1. Family, School, and Community Partnerships under the Perspectives of Student Outcomes and Homework


    PART 1


    1. Parental Involvement Supports Better Student Learning

    Kathleen HOOVER-DEMPSEY, Crista L. GREEN and Manya C. WHITAKER ,Vanderbilt University, TE, U.S.

    2. Four Key Policy Questions About Parent Engagement What The Evidence Has To Say

    Kenneth LEITHWOOD, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    PART 2


    3. Parent Involvement in Homework

    Erika A. PATALL and Harris COOPER, Duke University, NC, USA

    4. Homework in Denmark

    Birte RAVN, The Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, Denmark

    5. Parents and Children's Homework in France

    Dominique Glassman, Université de Savoie, France

    6. Parents’ Perspectives on Homework United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Japan

    Susan HALLAM, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

    7. Gender, Homework and Family-School Relations

    Maria Eulina PESSOA DE CARVALHO, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil

    8. Perceptions of Child’s Invitations to Parents’ Involvement on Student Homework

    Claire SAFONT-MOTTAY, Nathalie OUBRAYRIE-ROUSSEL, Odette LESCARRET, et Hervé LARROZE-MARRACQ, Université de Toulouse le Mirail, France

    9. Long-Term Parent-Child Dyad Relationships and Management Strategies with Respect to Homework at the Elementary and the Secondary Levels

    Rollande DESLANDES, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Michel ROUSSEAU, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski.

    10. Does Family Involvement Make a Difference? Investigating the Longitudinal Effects of a Math Homework Intervention

    Frances L. Van VOORHIS, Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships

    Johns Hopkins University, MD., U.S.


    Rollande Deslandes is a full tenure Professor in the Department of Education at Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Canada). She received a Research Excellence award from the University in 2004. For several years she has been involved with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Family, School, Community Partnership (SIG), the European Research Network of Parents in Education (ERNAPE) and the Association Internationale en Education Familiale (AIFREF).