Hello! This blog post is going to be about research and how it is used for teaching. There are great benefits to using research in the classroom for teachers. Research can help identify teaching methods that are being used and evaluate whether or not the methods are working or they are not. This could be done using either quantitative or qualitative research. We can use test scores as a measure to see if the students are retaining the information or the students could be interviewed about what they learned and see if they can articulate it correctly. Also if I were a teacher I could use information literacy to seek out research to see if how I am teaching the students is a correct way or I could be doing better. Some examples could be the use of video games in the classroom, is it bad to assign to much homework, new games that can help students be challenged across the three domains (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective), etc. What all of this means for my future career is that education is changing fast and the way we educate kids could drastically change in 5 years even, because of the research that is being done. Such as finding out that giving a student to much homework can lead to stress and having imbalance in that student’s life.
Apart of this blog I am going to talk about a recent note that was sent home to parents of a class on that year’s homework policy. (See the attached Picture)
My take on this would be that this is a step in the right decision. In an article the research found that homework does not have a significant effect on a students final grade (Maltese, Tai, & Xitao, 2012). Another article found that giving a student to much homework could cause an imbalance in their lifestyle. Having so much homework some students found it hard to have relationships outside of school and had more stress in their life (Conner, Galloway, & Pope, 2013). Some people may be opposed to not giving any homework, which I think there needs to be some homework, and Voorhees came up with an idea about homework. She suggests that students are assigned homework based on their ability rather than set homework for everyone (Voorhees, 2011). This is a great point to bring up because she later goes on to say it will decrease some of the frustrations students face when they have homework. In another study it showed the benefits of having homework, teaching students important skills such as, time management (Stoeger & Ziegler, 2008). This goes to prove that homework is not entirely a bad thing, however to much of homework can cause a great problem for students. Thank you for reading my Blog!
Conner, J., Galloway, M., & Pope, D. (2013). Nonacademic Effects of Homework in Privileged, High-Performing High Schools. Journal of Experimental Education, 81 (4). Retrieved from http://libproxy.uww.edu:2059/ehost/detail/detail?vid=11&sid=24c4ff77-e288-43c3-b0c7-95fd6050a7bf%40sessionmgr4008&hid=4212&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLHVpZCZzaXRlPWVob3N0LWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=89980043&db=a9h
Maltese, A., Tai, R., & Xitao F. (2012, October). When is Homework Worth the Time? Evaluating the Association Between Homework and Achievement in High School Science and Math. High School Journal, 96 (1). Retrieved from http://libproxy.uww.edu:2059/ehost/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=715652ea-815e-4804-91ad-9f201cd354da%40sessionmgr4009&hid=4212&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLHVpZCZzaXRlPWVob3N0LWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=87646416&db=a9h
Stoeger, H. & Ziegler, A. (2008, July 19). Evaluation of a classroom based training to improve self-regulation in time management tasks
during homework activities with fourth graders. Springer Science + Business Media. Retrieved from http://libproxy.uww.edu:2074/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=f7037d11-ee5f-4233-8906-895aba479a24%40sessionmgr103&vid=4&hid=125
Voorhees, S. (2011, February). Why the Dog Eats Nikki’s Homework: Making Informed Assignment Decisions. Reading Teacher, 64 (5). Retrieved from http://libproxy.uww.edu:2074/ehost/detail/detail?vid=11&sid=3c5f1b4f-6c92-4ecf-9837-48b660e278e3%40sessionmgr101&hid=128&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLHVpZCZzaXRlPWVob3N0LWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=58771213&db=a9h
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Hey Graham. I liked the contentions and sources that you had in your post. I liked how you used lots of evidence to argue that homework is not a bad educational practice. I also liked how you brought up that homework can have negative impacts if there is too much of it given. I definitely agree with this last point. Just looking back at some of the classes that I have had in the past, I have definitely felt the negative effects of having too much homework at a time. I felt all of the stress and anxiety that came from it, which does not help promote more learning. I do agree to some extent that homework is not a bad educational practice. However, I feel that homework is often not utilized to promote learning. I feel that homework is instead used to help a student do better on a test, which should not be the goal of education. However, I overall liked the thoughts that your post brought.