Teacher Study Reveals Homework Surprise
Sep 5, 2017 - 1:49:06 PM
According to the survey, less than half of high school teachers assign three or more hours of homework a week, while 27 percent of all K−12 teachers assign an hour or less—or even no homework at all. This is in line with recent data from a Morning Consult survey commissioned by University of Phoenix, which found that 46 percent of American adults feel less than one hour of homework per day is appropriate for elementary school, and 38 percent feel less than two hours per day is appropriate for high school2.
“This data challenges the notion that American teachers are continuing a reliance on outside schoolwork,” says Pamela Roggeman, Ed.D., academic dean for the
The survey also looked into in-class teaching practices, particularly the use of technology. It found that 63 percent of K−12 teachers use technology in the classroom daily, up from 55 percent in 2016. Laptops remain the most common resource, with 86 percent of teachers using them, but other technologies including educational apps (58 percent) and 3-D printers (21 percent) are on the rise. Forty-one percent of teachers use social media in the classroom, up from 32 percent in 2016.
Surprisingly, many educators nevertheless remain wary of technology’s effect on learning. Although 63 percent of teachers say edtech helps create a more interactive learning experience, 25 percent still feel intimidated by students’ knowledge and use of technology. Meanwhile, 71 percent of teachers feel personal devices make it more difficult for students to pay attention in group settings.
Dr. Roggeman notes, “New technology can serve as a useful resource for educators and students alike, which is why so many teachers have come to embrace it. That said, this data suggests that many teachers are introducing edtech cautiously. In some cases, they are unfamiliar with certain resources, but more often, they worry that personal devices will become an unwelcome distraction.”
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