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Exploring Malaysian students’ perception of homework, time spent on homework and how they do their homework


Madhawa Nair, Subadrah (2015) Exploring Malaysian students’ perception of homework, time spent on homework and how they do their homework. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 9 (37 S). pp. 272-278. ISSN 1991-8178

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Abstract

Background: Several researchers had stressed the importance of homework in enhancing students’ academic achievements and improving their self-regulatory learning (Cooper, 2007; Bembenutty, 2011).Debates on the importance of homework in enhancing students’ academic achievements are ongoing among researchers, parents and teachers. This paper is based on a descriptive study carried out on 876 Year Five (11 years old) primary school students in Malaysia.The data was collected using questionnaires.Objective: The objective of the study is to explore students’ perception of homework, investigate the time spent on homework and how students do their homework.Results: The findings revealed that majority of Year Five students have positive perception towards homework. The study also revealed that there is a significant difference in students’ perception towards homework according to school type and gender.The findings also indicated that 61% of Year Five students spent between one to two hours daily in doing their homework.The results also showed that most of the students did homework on their own (81.2%), 72.5% sought help from teachers and 68.9% sought help from their parents or family members. Conclusion: It is hoped that this study can shed some light and provide guidelines for teachers and Malaysian Education Ministry in planning homework for primary school children as a tool in assisting student learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homework, Elementary school, Gender, Location, Time spent
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education & Modern Languages
Depositing User: PM Dr. Subadrah a/p Madhawa Nair
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2016 07:50
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2016 07:50
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/17938

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