wider purpose of homework

The Wider Purpose of Homework 

By Bethany Spencer on March, 7 2018
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The setting of homework has more of an impact on students than just helping to improve their academic achievement. Studies have shown that regular homework can improve a multitude of life skills. 

Epstein & Van Voorhis (2001) found that homework could in fact be grouped into 10 broader purposes, as opposed to just improving student learning outcomes. We've outlined the 10 strands below and provided a brief explanation for each to explore the wider purpose of homework:

wider purpose of homework

The 10 Ps of Home-learning

1. Practice

Putting into practice what has been learnt throughout the school day

2. Participation

Encouraging students to get involved in work outside of school and the importance of taking part in activities

3. Preparation

Preparing students for work to come and allowing them to prepare ahead of the lesson

4. Personal development

The completion of homework helps students to develop their independence, timekeeping and show them the importance of good work ethic

5. Parent-child relationships

The completion of work at home helps parents and children to bond and develop their relationship through home-learning support

6. Parent-teacher communication 

Homework acts as the bridge between home and school, the setting of homework and parents being aware of when it’s set helps to improve communication between home and school

7. Peer interactions

When students are set group assignments as homework it encourages them to interact with their peers and work together

8. Policy

Homework set is inline with the school’s policy ensuring students aren’t overburdened with work and teachers set work in adherence to this policy

9. Public relations

The ability to keep parents informed about what’s going on in schools and current practices

10. Punishment

Reinforces the importance of completing tasks if consequences are implemented for when homework isn’t handed in on time

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