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Characteristics of Students Who Do Not Do Homework

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.286.1 - 23.286.8



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Richard M. Bennett University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Dr. Richard Bennett is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the director of Engineering Fundamentals.

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William Schleter University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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William Schleter is a senior lecturer.

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Taimi Olsen Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

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Dr. Taimi Olsen is the associate director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and adjunct in the First Year Studies program and the UT English Department. At UT, she oversees staffing, web materials, workshop creation and delivery, and assessment procedures. She has led workshops on classroom management and teaching techniques in the Humanities and Foreign Languages, and University-wide workshops on service learning, visual learning, and—with Dr. Stan Guffey—HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) workshops on active learning in flexible classrooms. She coordinates University-wide workshops and institutes, such as the New Faculty Teaching Institute, The Summer Teaching Institute, university workshops on Assessment, Experiential Learning, and others. Through a grant opportunity, she published “Engaging Students as Researchers through Internet Use” in The Academic Commons. With Drs. Schumann and Peters, she co-authored “Co-Creation of Value through Teaching and Learning Centers” forthcoming in a New Directions volume.

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Stan Guffey University of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

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Wenshu Li

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Characteristics of Students Who Do Not Do HomeworkAll freshman engineering students at University X take a common course which is a combinationof physics and an introduction to engineering. The pass rate for this course in Fall 2011 was82.8%. The pass rate for students who completed at least 80% of the homework was 96.9%. Thepass rate for the 22.5% of the class who did less than 80% of the homework was 33.3%. We areinterested in why 22.5% of the students do not complete at least 80% of the homework. Thispaper examines characteristics of students who do not complete at least 80% of their homework.Both qualitative and quantitative methods are applied in this study. Interviews are conductedwith students who do not complete at least 80% of their homework to identify students’characteristics and reasons of not completing the homework. Data analysis is applied to analyzethe relationship among students’ completion rate of homework, students’ preparation, classengagement, and perseverance. Student preparation is examined in terms of Math ACT score,high school physics class, and students’ self-evaluation of the quality of their high school physicsand high school math class. Student class engagement is examined in terms of class attendance atboth lectures and recitations. Students’ perseverance is examined through a grit test. The goal ofidentifying the characteristics of students who do not do homework is to enable appropriateintervention techniques to be developed.

Bennett, R. M., & Schleter, W., & Olsen, T., & Guffey, S., & Li, W. (2013, June), Characteristics of Students Who Do Not Do Homework Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19300

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