Assessment of Student Learning through Homework Intervention Method

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Conference Proceeding

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Conference Proceedings

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


The work presented in this paper is based on a certain type of intervention strategy to the traditional college homework practice presented at the recent ASEE Conference in Vancouver [Akasheh and Davis, AC 2011-565, ASEE Conference, Vancouver, 2011]. Following the modern cognitive theories of learning and motivation, the intervention strategies proposed in that preliminary showed potential to restore the effectiveness of homework as a learning tool which in turn reflected on better student academic achievement and attitude. Following similar strategies, this work seeks further validation of the influence of such interventions on student learning outcome. It also tests these interventions in different courses and in different classroom settings as well as a variation of the intervention which expands its applicability to large classes (the previous study was performed in small classroom setting). Data will be collected from these courses and analyzed to see if general conclusions can be drawn that support the cognitive model studies presented in the literature. The idea of this study is to enhance student motivation to complete the assigned homework more thoroughly, as originally intended by assigning homework, with the assumption that better learning will occur. To assess the effectiveness of the interventions, the performance of control and experimental student samples on exams is compared and student attitudes are surveyed. Results based on student learning and motivation survey show that a large majority of the students thought that the intervention helped their motivation and hence learning. The corresponding results based on performance on exams reflect this opinion but not in a definitive manner possibly due to the small sample size dictated by the nature of classrooms involved in the study.


ISSN: 2153-5965

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