Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2000

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Harold S. Williams

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

Don B. Woodcock


After serving on a committee to create a homework policy for my school, I found that both teachers and parents need clarification about issues surrounding homework. I discovered many misconceptions about the effects of homework on student learning, and saw a need to explain these. I compiled research on the history of homework, and the main purpose of homework. As well, I gathered information to understand the positive and negative effects of homework, and homework at the elementary level compared to middle and high school. I found research on guidelines for parents, teachers, schools, and districts. Based on the research, I created a handbook for parents and teachers. The handbook describes the research surrounding homework. As well, it offers simple guidelines for parents, teachers, schools, and districts.