Date Approved

5-11-2006

Embargo Period

4-6-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Education, Elementary--Research; Homework

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to determine if there was a relationship between the amount of time special education and general education elementary students spent on homework and their corresponding academic achievement. The participants of the study included 83 fifth through eighth graders from a rural elementary school. Of those 67 were general education students and 16 were special education students. A self-reported survey was provided to participating students, as well as an interview to eight randomly selected students and their parents. The results showed that there was a very slight correlation between the amount of time students spent on homework and their academic scores. The parent/student interviews presented similar responses between parent and student groups in the area of homework awareness, but indicated perceptual differences in areas of homework support. The findings are consistent with previous research in homework practices.

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