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.
Table of Contents
1. Homework in Denmark what kind of links between family and school? 2. Parental Involvement Supports Better Student Learning 3. Parents and children’s homework in France 4. Parents’ perspectives on homework: United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Japan 5. Homework, gender, and family-school relations 6. Mind the gap! Greek-Cypriot parents and their children’s homework 7. Parent-child dyad’s representations regarding homework and primary pupils’ views of parental involvement in homework 8. Homework Management Reported by Secondary School Students: A Multilevel Analysis 9. Elementary School Teachers’ Views of Homework and Parents-School Relations 10. Does Family Involvement in Homework Make A Difference? Investigating the Longitudinal Effects of Math and Language Arts Interventions
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).