Exploring views from parents and students: Why do most high school students struggle to complete math assignments in a timely manner?

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa


Homework, math, students perspective, parents perspective, struggle


As a high school mathematics educator, I have encountered every day that several students do not complete math homework assignments in a timely manner. The purpose of this action research project was to research high school students’ opinions as well as their parents’ perspective on homework and investigate the cause to why most high school students don’t get their math assignments done on time. I want to figure out how homework is related to students’ achievement. In addition, does instructional techniques, use of technology, and parental involvements help in improving homework completion rates? It also focuses on what role should a teacher play when students don't do their homework on time and how to create engaging assignments so that students are curious to attempt the assign homework. One of my goals is to promote academic growth in all my students by increasing homework completion rates. Subjects in the study are my 27 students from my geometry and calculus classes as well as their parents. I want to explore how I teach, how well my students learn, how parents are involved in their child’s education, and further explore answers to my research question “Exploring views from parents and students; Why do most high school students struggle to complete math assignments in a timely manner”? The findings of my action research project lead to suggestions and recommendations for resolving some of the homework issues.

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