The Battle Over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents, 3rd Edition


Does homework work? Homework is the cause of more friction between school and home than any other aspect of education and becomes the prime battlefield when schools, families, and communities view one another as adversaries. This comprehensive third edition tackles all the tough questions: What's the right amount of homework? What role should parents play in the homework process? What is the connection between homework and achievement? The author provides educators with terms, definitions, and updated research to hold constructive conversations with students, their families, and the community. Administrators, teachers, and parents can collaborate to make sound decisions about homework policies and guidelines as they learn to evaluate: (1) Variations in homework that can influence achievement; (2) Appropriate assignments for different grade levels; (3) The influence of parents in the homework process; and (4) Recent research findings, best practices, and updated policy guidelines. This essential reference offers all stakeholders the opportunity to end the battle and turn homework into a cooperative effort to promote student learning. Following a preface, this book is divided into the following sections: (1) Finding the Common Ground; (2) Does Homework Work?; (3) The Homework Assignment; (4) Home and Community Influences on Homework; (5) Homework Policies for School Districts, Schools, and Classrooms; and (6) Quick Tips for Teachers, Parents and Students. A list of references is also included.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cooper, H

Published Date

  • November 10, 2006

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  • 136

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1412937132

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781412937139