Good Homework, Bad Homework: How to Tell the Difference


Speaker: Harris Cooper


SKU: 101515

Webinar Description

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Do we really need homework?  This is a question many students and parents ask themselves after a stressful night working on assignments.

For teachers and administrators,  the question is slightly different:  How much homework is really necessary?

With research so mixed on homework’s impact on learning, leading homework expert Harris Cooper helps you decipher a lot of seemingly conflicting evidence.

Harris will  help you develop a smart homework policy for your classroom, school and/or district. He will review important current research, recommendations and homework policies so you feel more confident assigning work that gets real results and respects everyone’s time.

Webinar Topics:

  • Review of the research; public attitudes toward homework through the years
  • Potential positive and negative effects of homework: What are the effects on achievement, motivation and self-efficacy
  • Characteristics of effective homework–How to increase its effectiveness by grade level and types of students
  • When and how to involve parents in homework
  • Sample homework policies for school districts, schools and classrooms
  • Homework tips for teachers, parents and students


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About the Speaker

Harris Cooper

Dr. Harris Cooper has studied homework for more than 25 years and is widely recognized as the nation’s leading expert on the topic. He is the Hugo L. Blomquist Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. For six years, he was an elected member of the Board of Education in Columbia, MO, a school district serving more than 16,000 students.

His review of homework research (2006) received the 2007 Outstanding Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association. His research provided the evidence base for his popular guide to policy and practice, The Battle over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers and Parents, 3d edition, 2007.

Harris’ research on homework has had an impact on schools nationwide. In addition to working directly with schools and  districts, Harris has appeared as a top expert on homework on NBC Dateline, CBS This Morning, The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Larry King Show . He is often quoted in the print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Parents, Parenting and The American Teacher.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does a webinar work?

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How many can access the event per registration?

Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

My school district only pays by purchase order. Do you accept POs?

Yes. You may fax the PO to 815-461-5647 or call us at 207-632-1954. Please include the full name and email address of the registrant.

What is the difference between the recording link and the CD-ROM?

Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar.