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When School Goes Home: Some Problems in the Organization of Homework


by R. P. McDermott, Shelley V. Goldman & Hervé Varenne — 1984

This article discusses how parents and teachers view the importance of homework. Study findings indicate that family environment influences successful homework completion. Homework procedures of two families were observed. In the successful situation, the family linked homework with family life, while the other family arranged special time that disrupted family life flow. (Source: ERIC)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 3, 1984, p. 391-409
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 884, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 9:50:28 PM

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  • R. McDermott
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    R. P. MCDERMOTT is associate professor, Department of Family and Community Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Anthropologist by training, he is interested in the ethnography of schooling, family and community studies, and the communicational and political analysis of lying and hoping against the odds. In the 1960s, he taught grade school in New York City. He is most recently the co-author of "The Necessity of Collusion in Conversation" (Text, 1983).
  • Shelley Goldman
    College for Human Services
    SHELLEY V. GOLDMAN is on the faculty of the College for Human Services and the director of the college's model junior high school with the Board of Education, New York City. Her main interest is the sociology of education. She is most recently the co-author of the paper "Teaching in Multicultural Settings" (forthcoming 1984).
  • Hervé Varenne
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    HERVÉ VARENNE is professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Americans Together (Teachers College Press, 1977) and American School Language (Irvington Publishers, 1983). His interests focus on the cultural structuring of natural conversations.
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