The dilemma of giving mathematics homework from the perspective of pre-service elementary teachers

2016 IJRSE – Volume 5 Issue 1


Torio, Von Anthony*
Institute of Teaching and Learning, Philippine Normal University, Philippines (

Cabrillas-Torio, Myla Zenaida
Institute of Teaching and Learning, Philippine Normal University, Philippines (


Homework is defined as an additional task that a student does outside of the school. This added activity is in recognition of the necessity to spend additional time for subjects such as Mathematics. The dilemma comes in the form of the advantages and disadvantages that can be derived from homework. Studies have revealed varying effects of homework to students on academic and non-academic areas. Teachers are at the forefront of the decision towards the giving or not of homework. Pre-service teachers at the elementary level represent the future leaders of the educational system and should be acquainted and involved at the onset of the dilemma. The main objective of this study is to determine the perspective of pre-service elementary teachers towards homework. The anatomy of their belief can be a key towards addressing the issue via teacher training. The descriptive method of research was used through case studies. Constant comparative method was used to analyze results. Salient results revealed that the subjects favor the giving homework on the following grounds: it helps add knowledge, confidence and satisfaction. Those who do not favor homework find it as an additional burden and a source of additional stress. Difficulties in complying with homework are usually associated with limited time, bad influence of peers and teacher factor. Students usually spend late nights to comply with homework and are unable to perform at the best of their potentials.

Keywords: homework; assignment; pre-service teachers; perception; case study; mathematics education; Philippines



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