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Primary homework in England: the beliefs and practices of teachers in primary schools

Medwell, Jane A.; Wray, David J.

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David J. Wray



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© 2018, © 2018 ASPE. This study examines teachers’ views about and practices in homework in primary schools, based on questionnaire data from 235 primary teachers and 19 in-depth interviews. Findings suggest that teachers prioritise contradictory goals and act in ways that support only some of these. Reading with parents is a universal form of homework and other homework focuses either on English or mathematics or takes a project-led approach. Integration of homework into class learning is problematic. Teachers are concerned about the possible effects of homework on educational inequality and questions are raised about teachers’ perceptions of homework as a signifier of good parenting.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 22, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 2, 2018
Publication Date Feb 17, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2019
Journal Education 3-13
Print ISSN 0300-4279
Electronic ISSN 1475-7575
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 2
Pages 191-204
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2017.1421999
Keywords Primary schools, Homework, Teacher perceptions, Education inequality
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/903132
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03004279.2017.1421999
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Education 3-13 on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03004279.2017.1421999.

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