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Mathematical homework in primary schools

Sanja Prosen (2011) Mathematical homework in primary schools. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    Homework is an important part of the educational process because it does not only have educational, but also upbringing roles. Acquiring skills such as accuracy, diligence, perseverance and independence are just some of them. Homework assignments should not only be in written but also in an oral and practical form. The main part of the theoretical component is intended to present homework planning. It includes planning of the presentation, realization, and verification of a homework assignment and also planning of its content, extent, purpose and the time it takes a pupil to complete an assignment. It features the basic principles that teachers should keep in mind when planning homework: the principle of diversity, the principle of differentiation, as well as the principle of the rationalization and the economy of homework. In recent years many modern approaches were introduced into mathematics teaching that need to be taken into account when planning homework. The content thereof should be varied, topical and related to the learner's everyday life and his interests. Mathematical homework should be linked to the nonmathematical teaching areas such as science, social studies, Slovenian language... In addition to homework assignments aimed at consolidating their knowledge learners should practice assignments that deepen and expand their knowledge. Learners should have the chance to apply the acquired knowledge and to practice tasks that will prepare them for upcoming lessons. In the empirical part of the thesis we present the research on how Slovenian primary teachers plan mathematical homework assignments. We found out that they plan the content of homework assignments, their realization and verification well. They are less dedicated to presentation planning of mathematical homework. The research was also conducted among pupils of third grade. We wanted to know what kind of mathematical homework they like. The results are showing that pupils prefer fun and interesting assignments of which the content is varied, topical and related to the learners' interests and their everyday life, rather than classical mathematical homework.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: homework, planning, mathematics, primary schools, teachers, pupils
    Number of Pages: 82
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tatjana Hodnik ČadežMentor
    doc. dr. Vida Manfreda KolarComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID= 8977737)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 428
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 13:45
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 15:11
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/428

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