SATURDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- It's important for
parents to have the right attitude when trying to get their
children to do their homework, a new study suggests.
The researchers found that a child's attitude and motivation
toward homework improves if parents take a positive, supportive
attitude and emphasize the learning value, rather than focusing on
completing the assignment or getting a higher grade.
The study of 135 fourth-graders and one of each child's parents
was conducted by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
When it comes to homework, parents should give their children
some choices, such as when and where to do it, the study authors
"Parents can improve a sense of competence by allowing children to structure their own tasks and by giving the child the feeling that [he or she] is loved and admired no matter how successful he or she is in math or language," Dr. Idit Katz and colleagues reported in the study published in a recent issue of the journal Learning and Individual Differences.
And parents should examine their own motivations, attitudes and
competence before trying to change a child's homework habits, the
study authors pointed out in a university news release.
"Little formal research has been conducted about the home environment where homework is taking place, although it has been an integral part of education and is a controversial yet often used educational practice," the researchers wrote. "The home environment is just as important for instilling positive motivation as the school is."
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