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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 3rd edition (November 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412937132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412937139
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Battle Over Homework is an excellent resource that provides research-based information as well as practical information. Administrators, teachers, and parents will find Cooper's book to be an indispensable resource."

(Mary Johnstone, Principal 2006-04-21)

"An easy-to-read, comprehensive resource that provides practical information for teachers, administrators, district staff, and parents interested in best schooling practices around homework."

(Barb Keating, Principal 2006-04-27)

“Answers all the hot questions regarding homework. Thoroughly grounded in research and provides practical tools for creating effective classroom, school, and district homework policies.” (Ronald L. Russell, Associate Director 2006-06-13)

About the Author

Harris M. Cooper is professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. He earned his doctorate degree in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include research synthesis, applications of social and developmental psychology to educational policy issues, homework, school calendars, and afterschool programs.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Arking on January 11, 2011
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My initial thoughts after reading the first chapter was that granted, the book seems to be written very succinctly and leaves many statements open for further reading and discussion; however, many of the statements he makes on the "con" side of the debate are just preposterous. It's not that they aren't valid statements, scientifically speaking--many of them are--but they just don't provide enough justification (or common sense) either alone or taken together.

For example, when he summarizes the negative effects of homework, among them he lists that "home study can increase differences between high- and low-achieving students, especially when the achievement difference is associated with economic differences... high achievers from well-to-do homes will have greater parental support for home study... more likely to have quiet, well-lit places in which to do assignments and better resources..." Aside from the obvious devil's advocate question of this not being valid in an economically homogeneous environment, there's the sheer absurdity of the implied suggestion that we should disadvantage the more privileged children and stunt their development by eliminating homework so as to level the playing field!

Another example is when he mentions the "satiation effect", where students are, basically, overloaded with the subject matter. What does that have to do with homework? Every student will get "satiated" at different points--some after 30 minutes of homework, some after 5 minutes of homework... and some after 20 minutes of classroom instruction. So, why would it occur to anyone to draw the line after x minutes of schoolwork and before any minutes of homework?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim S. Harvey on August 13, 2008
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I bought this book while working on my master's thesis. Harris Cooper is the leader in homework research. He discusses research, pros & cons, common problems & troubleshooting and does it all in a way that is easy to read. Every other book or article I've read about homework had some reference to, or quote from, Harris Cooper. He is funny & intelligent-an enjoyable, quick read. I have loaned my books to other teachers, the principal, and parents. All who borrowed books raved about them. If you are researching homework or struggling with homework issues at school or home-you need this book. A+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindred2k1 on March 21, 2011
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As a high school administrator, I must present instructional options founded in research. Dr. Cooper provides a near, meta-analysis of research data on homework that answers essential questions of teachers, administrators, parents, and students. I have had teachers complain about the voluminous amount of homework given by peers, as well as the lack of homework required by others. With this book, I can share the research on not only appropriate quantity, but more importantly the quality of homework.

The book provides excellent resources to pursue more in-depth research. The examples of site and district homework policies were useful in creating our own homework policy. Our staff has used the book for professional learning community discussions. It has provided a beneficial source of productive discussion.

The book is an easy read with practical applications in the classroom.
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By Marilyn King on September 18, 2010
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This is an easy read and a balanced perspective on whether children should be doing homework and how much is enough. I'm recommending it to all my collegues at school.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Knecht on October 15, 2005
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This is a great resource for teachers looking to perfect their homework program.
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