There is conflicting evidence in relation to the worth of homework and recent research citing the potential detrimental effects of homework. For example, Kohn (2007), a well-known researcher in in the area reports that homework is linked to student frustration and lack of interest in learning and has been shown to cause conflict between parent/caregiver/guardians and their children. Kohn also reports that despite extensive examination of the literature, there is no evidence of any academic benefit from assigning homework in primary or middle schools.

Homework in New Zealand is a practice that is deeply embedded in the culture of schools, and thus has rarely been questioned. There is very limited New Zealand research investigating teachers, students and parent/caregiver/guardians perceptions of the value of homework and their experiences in relation to it.

  • The aim of the project is to examine parent/caregiver/guardians’ perceptions and experiences of homework.
  • This project is led by Alison Kearney and Mandia Mentis
  • For more information or to get involved, contact Alison Kearney at a.c.kearney@massey.ac.nz

National homework survey


A national online survey of parents’, students’ and teachers’ perceptions and experiences of homework is to go ‘live’ on the 22 February. All schools in New Zealand are being invited to participate in this study. The survey will be available for four weeks. It is hoped that data analysis will begin in April with preliminary results available mid year. For more information email Alison Kearney at a.c.kearney@massey.ac.nz or Mandia Mentis at M.Mentis@massey.ac.nz