In the past ten years, homework has been the subject of many academic studies, and more recently the theory and practice behind homework has been questioned. As a community of learners, we at St Joseph's have been following the developments on this subject, and are reviewing our practice as a result.
Some significant peer reviewed studies have been conducted in the past few years.
It is generally agreed that homework in the primary years provides limited academic benefit, however it can be helpful to parents as a monitoring tool. Opportunities for interaction – such as reading to and with a child, or games and activities that encourage discussion and collaborative problem solving, are far more effective ways to improve student outcomes. Time spent on homework should not be excessive, as pursuing other activities and interests can be more beneficial in the long term. Homework becomes increasingly more relevant as a student moves into high school, and can be helpful when transitioning students into secondary.
Earp, J. (2014) Does Homework Contribute to Student Success? Teacher Magazine.From: https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/does-homework-contribute-to-student-success
Reilly, K. (2016) Is Homework Good For Kids? Here's What the Research Says. Time Magazine. From: http://time.com/4466390/homework-debate-research/
Merga, M. (2016) Research Shows the Importance of Parents Reading With Children, Even After Children Can Read. The Conversation.From: https://theconversation.com/research-shows-the-importance-of-parents-reading-with-children-even-after-children-can-read-82756
Baker, F. The Great Homework Debate. Kidspot.From: http://www.kidspot.com.au/school/primary/homework/the-great-homework-debate/news-story/1a16b9d962f507c4b84aff89b977b8c3