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Topic: request for study results
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Paul Hertzel

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request for study results
Posted: Jan 25, 2001 4:35 PM
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Colleagues,

I am looking for someone, some place, some paper or institution
that has information on a particular type of study. I guess I'm
wondering if anyone has ever done a careful study of this kind.

Here's the idea-- We assign homework, because there is no other
way to learn math. We really believe this ( if this premise is faulty,
maybe there's a *future* discussion there ), and expect our students
to take us seriously in actually doing the homework. The problem
is we cannot physically handle the collecting and grading of all
homework problems that we assign. So, without the weight of daily
enforcement, most students simply do not do the homework as
regularly and diligently as is necessary, and so they don't learn.
They think homework is optional, as opposed to tests, which are
required.

Just once, I'd like to have a class in which meaningful homework was
assigned daily, collected the next day, graded and handed back the
next day for every day throughout the semester. I'm talking about
some serious homework: 15-20 problem daily, every day. But how
can anyone do this? 20 problems times 30 students is 600 problems
to be graded EVERY DAY. You would need a large educational
grant to pay for the two full-time graders it would take just for one
class.

I want to know if anyone has ever done this *as a study* with a
control of some sort, and learned, as a result, that yes, it's true, students
who do the homework every day and then receive immediate feedback
every day, really do learn and average much higher scores than students
who do not.

Or maybe what happens is most students simply collapse under the
weight of doing more homework than they ever have in the past,
and the class falls apart with excessive withdrawals and Ds and Fs.

I don't know. Does anyone know? Please don't write me tricks around
having to grade all the homework. That's not what I'm after.

Thanks,

Paul Hertzel
NIACC
Mason City, IA
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