Hampshire, P., Butera G. & Hourcade J. (2014). Homework Plans: A Tool for Promoting Independence. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46 (6) 158-168.
The article asserts the value of homework as it has been found to directly correlate to academic achievement, better study habits, organizational skills, self-determination skills, parent involvement, and student attitudes toward school. In order for students with disabilities to benefit from homework, they mainly need careful planning and parental involvement, monitoring already accommodated homework assignments. The authors believe that homework is appropriate when it is aligned with student learning goals, and that its objective is to promote student independence over time while decreasing the roles of teachers and parents. Some student goals could include increased independence in homework initiation, homework completion, or homework accuracy. The authors state that the homework plan developed by the school professionals, parents, and student should include common homework accommodations. Such accommodations include decreased length of assignments, allowing written work to be completed on the computer with use of spell- and grammar-check tools, and breaking assignments into smaller parts that are completed over time. Further, the team needs to develop a homework checklist as a tool that helps the student monitor their homework behavior. The authors declare that the well-designed homework plan will help the student to gain long-term independent skills required for self-management and organization.