This entry discusses the purposes of student homework, the roles and influence of family involvement in homework, and broader contextual issues that often affect homework and school success among students from diverse families. Steps that schools and teachers may take to invite and support diverse families' increasingly effective engagement in students' homework and school learning are suggested.

Purposes of Homework

Homework is generally assigned by teachers as a means of providing important support for student learning and school achievement. Implicit in its label, homework assignments are usually intended to motivate student engagement in activities pertinent to current school-based learning in the student's home context. In creating and assigning homework, teachers often assume that students will be able to draw on family resources and help as needed to ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles