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  • 1. Lauren NourseEDU 710February 4, 2010Research Article #1 Critique.The Impact of Homework and Homework Preferences in Ninth Grade Geography(ED507308)Schuster, Nicholas C.The Impact of Homework and Homework Preferences in Ninth Grade GeographyNicholas C. SchusterUniversity of Wisconsin–La CrosseNovember 5, 2009Educational issue being researched.: Effectiveness of homework and typeof homework on quiz scores in ninth grade geographyResearch hypothesis, question or area of inquiry. RQ1: What was the impact onquiz scores from assigning homework as opposed to not assigning homework?RQ2: How did the gap between students’ preferred homework conditions and actualhomework conditions impact homework completion rates?RQ3: How did the gap between students’ preferred homework conditions and actualhomework conditions impact quiz scores?Dependent variable(s) (if applicable.). Chapter QuizzesIndependent variable(s). (if applicable).Where does the research take place and who were the participants? ninth-grade geography students from a Midwestern, suburban public high school.How were data collected? Data collected over a 2 week period in aclassroom situation with correlation to homework. Who collected it? Theauthor/teacherHow was the data analyzed? Broken down by multiple factors: homeworkversus no-homework; When;Where;Lighting;Study space orsurface;Music;Television;Noise level;Eating
  • 2. What were the results of the study? inconclusive relationship between a) homeworkand quiz scores, b) homework preferences and homework completion, and c) homeworkpreferences and quiz scoresCritique of the design and methodology of the study. Evaluation of themethodology section. Were the clients adequately described? Please explain. Clients werewell defined and adequately described. Number of students per ethnicityand academic achievement levels was given in detail. Was the setting adequately described? Please explain. Settingadequately described. Was the research design appropriate? Please explain. Researchclearly presented. The writer’s thoughts concerning confusions in theresearch were adequately delineated and explained. Were the dependent variable (s) and independent variables (s)adequately described? Please explain.