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Helping with homework? : Homework as a site of tensions between parents and teenagers.

Solomon, Yvette J. and Warin, Jo and Lewis, Charlie (2002) Helping with homework? : Homework as a site of tensions between parents and teenagers. British Educational Research Journal, 28 (4). pp. 603-622. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

The setting of homework is strongly encouraged by the Department for Education and Employment on the assumption that support from parents, once gained, is unproblematic and useful. However, a number of researchers have observed the possibility of a negative impact of homework on families. This article presents interview data from families with teenagers, in which homework was described as a significant site of parent-teenager tensions. For many parents, homework was invested with the opportunity for reparation for their own scholastic failures or lost opportunities. Others felt that they lacked the competence to help and were disenfranchised by homework demands. Parents' concerns about their children's futures create a climate of pressure to succeed as they support a homework agenda that is not necessarily their own and which they have little power to influence.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Educational Research Journal
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 13469
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2008 09:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13469

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