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Homework

  • By: Marcia L. Lamkin & Amany Saleh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Homework is defined as the tasks assigned by school teachers to be carried out by the students during nonschool hours. Homework is usually given to enhance learning by practicing or enforcing skills. Some homework assignments aim to prepare students for future lessons. Occasionally, homework is used as a punishment of students. However, the use of homework as a curricular and instructional tool is not without debate. The homework debate has a direct impact on the curriculum because teachers and curriculum specialists have to determine the role homework plays in students' learning. As a result, they have to consider the nature and amount of homework they can include in the curriculum.

The Homework Debate

Many parents today complain that teachers assign too much homework to their children. Such ...

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