LITERATURE REVIEW: DOES HOMEWORK INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT?
Problem Sheet 3: Review of the Literature
1. What are the specific problem(s) or question(s) to be addressed in your literature review: The Value of Homework in Student Achievement. Is there a positive effect? Negative effect? No effect ?
2. What general reference tools did you use to conduct your research? (List specific electronic databases consulted.) ERIC, Academic OneFile, PsycINFO. I also used Google to search the general internet.
3. What search terms did you use?
a. _Homework_________________ d. …show more content…
Some research finds a positive relationship between homework and achievement. Zhu and Leung (2012) studied this relationship by introducing quality of homework as a factor. They focused on three aspects: frequency and amount of homework; types of homework; and usage modes of homework. Overall, Zhu & Leung found that the three aspects of homework studied did have a positive influence on assessment results. Tanis and Sullivan-Bustein (1998) studied homework completion and its effect on weekly quiz performance. This research did show improved test performance as homework completion increased. This study was somewhat flawed, however, because the participants were not chosen randomly. The students were chosen due to their history of achievement (or lack thereof) and homework issues. Nonetheless, this research did positively affect the students studied. Omlin-Ruback (1998) conducted a study focusing on increasing homework completion of middle school students through the use of interventions. This study found that the students who were participating in the homework interventions on a daily basis had better grades than those who did not. Thus, students who were completing more homework had improved achievement. While these three studies did find a positive relationship, other research finds no relationship. Trautwein, Schnyder, Niggli, Neumann, and Ludkte (2009) reviewed a great deal of prior