The following Duke University experts share back-to-school advice for parents on homework, bullying and early identification of learning difficulties. Harris Cooper on Homework. For young children, homework should be short, simple, and lead to success. Older students can have more challenging assignments that involve both practice and the integration of skills. But, homework teaches other important skills such as good study habits, time management and a recognition that academic learning can occur anywhere, not just at school.
The Cult of Homework
News Release: Advice for the New School Year
Harris Cooper received his Ph. From to , he was on the faculty at the University of Missouri. Cooper's research interests follow two paths. The first concerns research synthesis and research methodology. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Research Synthesis , a volume that is currently being prepared for a 2nd edition. Cooper and his students have published over two dozen research syntheses, many of which appeared in varied prestigious journals including Psychological Bulletin, Review of Educational Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Marketing Research, and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
Is Homework Good for Kids? Here's What the Research Says
The beginning of a new school year brings with it a reawakening of an old debate regarding the value of homework. Parents who feel their children are overburdened with homework are pitted against educators pressed to improve achievement test scores. Educators should be thrilled with these numbers. Pleasing a majority of parents regarding homework is about as good as they can hope for, even with a fair number of dissenters. But opinions cannot tell us whether homework works; only research can.
However, a variety of lessons, content-related and beyond, can be taught or reinforced through homework and are worth exploring. Read on! Homework provides an opportunity for parents to interact with and understand the content their students are learning so they can provide another means of academic support for students.