Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2018)
Teachers and students attitudes towards homework a case study on Trichy urban primary schools
Author(s): M Haffila, A Sarifa, A Mohamed Mansoor
Abstract: The analysis is pursued to find out the attitudes of primary school students and teachers towards schoolwork (homework), using five purposively sampled primary schools in Trichy urban area as a case study. The study employed a qualitative research design in which data were gathered through semi-structured personal interviews with a sample of 60 students and 10 teachers. The findings show that generally students have a negative attitude towards homework due to a number of reasons which are, more number of assignments (homework from all subjects in a single day), teachers fails to specify or mark it, the difficulty of the tasks set, lack of resources at home, lack of help from parents, and lack of time to do the homework because students are sent on grocery shopping and other personal work after school. On the other hand, although teachers acknowledge the importance of homework, several factors inhibit them from taking it serious, leading among them are being lack of motivation laid by poor remuneration, and the fact that they are burdened with very large classes and a overfed curriculum. The study recommends that teachers should link homework to classroom activities, make the homework task manageable in terms of difficulty, and abstain from using homework as punishment. The study also recommends that schools should constantly engage parents by making them aware about the importance of their involvement in their children’s homework. Finally, the paper recommends that the government should motivate teachers by improving their working conditions and by maintaining the teacher-students ratios at primary school.