Date Approved

6-18-2009

Embargo Period

3-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David

Subject(s)

Elementary school teachers--Attitudes; Homework--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze fourth grade teachers' policies and opinions about homework in a southern New Jersey school and compare these findings with previously completed studies done by other researchers throughout the country. Through the methods of various surveys and discussions, five fourth-grade teachers, nineteen students, and sixteen parents were involved in this study. The researcher, who was student teaching in one of the fourth grade classrooms in this school where the majority of investigation took place, also kept a journal of observations relating to homework. The researcher found that although most students were spending an adequate amount of time on homework each night, homework was lacking both purpose and meaning to the students. The researcher also found that students would benefit if homework was modified according to their individual ability levels. This study is important to educators because it is a prime example of the typical homework practices that are taking place in elementary school classrooms.

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