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Homework conceptions and practices in Chinese and Swedish schools: A comparative study of educational efforts, quality and equity
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)In: Families, Schools and Communities: learn from the past, review the present, prepare for a future with equity / [ed] Villas-Boas, M.A., Marques, R. & Silva, P., 2013, 69-70 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the ideas and design of a joint research project between Umeå University in Sweden and Zhejiang University in China. The overall aim is to carry out a comparative study of homework conceptions and homework practice at lower secondary school in Sweden and China. The project will last for four years, and consists of several sub-studies comprising a combination of data collection in forms of policy analysis, questionnaire based survey and interviews with students, parents and teachers in lower secondary school in both countries, samples from Västerbottens län, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The specific objectives of the project are to investigate and analyze the status quo and characteristics of homework and/or homework load situation in both countries/regions; to identify and analyze the similarities and/or differences in the definitions, conceptions, foci, strategies, policies and perspectives on homework and homework load in different contexts; to investigate and examine models and cases of homework design and management and the best practices; and to promote communication and collaboration among Swedish and Chinese researchers and PhD students. Contextual and constructivist learning approaches are central to understand and analyze homework conceptions and practices. The expected results could provide scientific evidences on and pedagogical applications into fundamental issues concerning educational efforts, quality and equity. Through cross-cultural comparative study, the research project could analyze homework conceptions and practices in different culture and social contexts and find out common factors that contribute to appropriate homework arrangement and management and a set of best practices for guidance and thereby the promotion of students’ learning. Homework investigations and policy measures from both countries could offer valuable lessons and experiences to each other. The project could also promote a long-term cooperation in education and research, and to improve the internationalization process of both universities.

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2013. 69-70 p.
Keyword [en]
Homework, homework-load, Sweden, China, lower secondary school, survey, interview
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81377ISBN: 978-989-8379-26-9OAI: diva2:654832
9th International Conference of European Research Network about Parents in Education, 3-6 September, 2013, Lisbon, Portugal
Available from: 2013-10-08 Created: 2013-10-08 Last updated: 2014-01-17Bibliographically approved

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