A growing body of research suggests that homework may not have significant benefits for early learning. This article describes new research that suggests that early and excessive homework may also detract from test scores.
by Natalie Wolchover / Huffington Post / 30 March 2012
That’s the conclusion of a group of Australian researchers, who have taken the aggregate results of several recent studies investigating the relationship between time spent on homework and students’ academic performance.
According to Richard Walker, an educational psychologist at Sydney University, data shows that in countries where more time is spent on homework, students score lower on a standardized test called the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA. The same correlation is also seen when comparing homework time and test performance at schools within countries. Past studies have also demonstrated this basic trend.
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