Evidence on Homework Efficiency in TIMSS Mathematics Achievement


  • Eliza Mihaela Spătărelu Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest


homework, primary school, TIMSS


The attitude regarding the time spent doing homework is varied in Europe. In some countries, the students finish quickly their recommended tasks, meanwhile in other countries, the process taking a longer time. The information taken from international databases show that supplementing the time for homework doesn't always bring better performance.

The international comparison was made taking into consideration five assortments of students as follows: students without homework, students with a homework taking maximum fifteen minutes, students with homework taking between fifteen and thirty minutes, students with homework taking between half an hour and an hour, and students with homework taking longer than an hour. This comparison offered the occasion to analyse the Romanian student's performance in an European context in order to identify the important factors in making strategies oriented on improving results in mathematics, in primary school.


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