Thesis Title

Homework: A Nightly Ritual Beginning in the Elementary Grades

Graduation Date

Spring 2007

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


Homework has become an accepted staple within education in the United States. However, little is acknowledged regarding the influences homework has on students. The purpose of this extended literature review is to look at the influences of homework on students in the elementary grades. The following research on homework was found through books, peer- reviewed journal articles, government reports, magazine articles, and interviews. Within the research, educational, socioeconomic, and parental factors shown the largest influence, both positive and negative toward homework. The author discusses future implications to better improve homework’s influence on students in the elementary grades. These implications include a need for homework policies to be set up within school districts, individual schools, and classrooms. These policies must address students’ individual needs.

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