Researchers have struggled for decades to identify a causal, or even correlational, relationship between time spent in school and improved learning outcomes for students. Some studies have focused on the length of a school year while others have focused on hours in a day and others on hours in the week. In this blog post, we will look at time spent outside of school—specifically time spent doing homework—among different racial and socio-economic groups. Measuring the relationship between out-of-school time and outcomes like test scores can be difficult.
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It is also a question that has become divisive. Some people feel that homework is an effective way to reinforce the concepts that were learned at school. Others feel like the time that homework demands would be better spent with a meaningful activity that brings the family together. Is homework important? Is it necessary? Or is the added stress that homework places on students and parents doing more harm than good?
Homework: a survey of policies in the United States
Parents and educators question the value of setting assignments for students. But what does the neuroscience say? I teach both primary and secondary, and regularly find myself drawn into the argument on the reasoning behind it — parents, and sometimes colleagues, question its validity. Parent-teacher interviews can become consumed by how much trouble students have completing assignments.
A Stanford researcher found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance and even alienation from society. More than two hours of homework a night may be counterproductive, according to the study. Education scholar Denise Pope has found that too much homework has negative effects on student well-being and behavioral engagement. Image credit: L.