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Homework fails test for primary school students

A STUDY has found that homework for primary school students has little or no impact on their learning.

A report for an inquiry into approaches to homework in schools in Victoria was tabled in that state's parliament earlier this week.

The report said homework for primary school students helped them develop study habits and self-discipline but had little or no academic impact.

Emmanuel Catholic Primary School assistant to the principal for curriculum, Sandra Comben, said homework was valued as a personal study habit which was essential to student success.

According to the school's homework policy, it helped students build self-discipline, personal responsibility and independent action.

As to whether it had an impact academically, Ms Comben said it varied from student to student.

She said if an older primary school student was to research something for an assignment, they would learn new information. At other times, homework could be a revision of what students had learnt in class.

However, she said the school didn't set homework that would cause drama at home or put extra pressure on parents.

Ms Comben also said parents tended to support homework.

"There are guidelines for the amount given and the age appropriateness and ability for students," she said.

"Some students have individual arrangements based on their particular needs."

According to the report, evidence showed parents played a vital role in their child's learning.

It also said successful schools saw education as a collaborative process between the student, parent and school.


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