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  • 1.
    • Will On-line Homework Improve Completion Rates and By Extension, Improve Test Scores?
    • Lauren Nourse
    • July 2010
    • Touro University California
  • 2. Overview of Today’s Presentation
    • Importance:
    • Purpose of Study:
    • Literature Review
      • Key Themes
      • Implications
      • Gaps
      • Importance and justification for your study
  • 3. Importance
    • Increasingly students and parent and even administrators are asking to make homework more relevant.
    • Can we create a routine homework that satisfies the teacher assigning the work and the student for whom it is intended?
  • 4. Purpose of Study
    • Objectives or Outcomes
    • To find out if creating web based homework assignments will improve student homework completion rates in science at the middle school level.
    • If homework completion rates improve, is there a corresponding increase in student scores on quizzes and chapter tests.
  • 5. Literature Review
    • Theme 1
    • Differing Opinions: What Makes Homework Bad.
    • Teachers students to overvalue work and increase a sense of competition
    • Homework is not designed well
    • Inappropriate or poorly designed homework may even decrease student achievement.
    • Some construe homework as a form of punishment
    • If these skills assigned as homework are so critical then they should be being taught within the school day.
    • Creates barriers for poor families.
  • 6. Literature Review
    • Theme 2
    • Differing Opinions: What makes Homework Good?
    • Teachers assign homework to cement understanding, promote responsibility, provide for practice
    • Plays a role in the development of children’s achievement motivation
    • Homework has a positive influence on achievement.
  • 7. Literature Review
    • Theme 3: Student Engagement and Perception
    • Should students have more of a voice in their homework?
    • Research seems to show that students have more interest in completing homework if it has been done on the web.
    • While there is does not seem to be a significant increase in scores on tests and quizzes, there is generally more attention and interest.
  • 8. Implications for the Study
    • There have been studies showing homework is good
    • There have been studies showing homework is bad
    • There have been studies showing no improvement in test scores when homework is completed.
    • There have been studies showing great improvement in test scores when homework is completed.
    • While these seem very conflicting, there is still room for investigation looking at the impact of web based homework and its effect on student achievement.
  • 9. Gaps in the Literature
      • The majority of studies investigating web based homework have been at the college or upper high school level.
      • In addition, almost all the studies have involved math or physics or chemistry homework.
      • Almost all involve pre-packaged tutorial type programs – often necessitating a fee for participation.
  • 10. Importance and Justification for your study
    • Even though there are major disagreements on this issue, I feel there is room for a study at the middle school level using digital homework and its impact on student achievement.
    • Additionally, if homework completion rates are higher, are quiz and test scores higher?
    • Teachers must jump on board the digital bandwagon to keep ourselves relevant in the eyes of our students. These digital natives are becoming increasingly intolerant of teachers who do not demonstrate tech savvy.