Thursday, November 10, 2011

Can homework do more harm than good?

Yes, is the short answer. Here's an interview from RadioNZ's Nine to Noon show with Richard Walker (associate professor at the University of Sydney) about his new book called 'Reforming Homework'.
In short, there is limited evidence that homework does much more than blunt a student's desire to learn. To be fair, there is some evidence that a small amount of homework / reinforcement at senior levels does improve student achievement. A really thought-provoking interview.

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