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Abstract Title: Effects of Flexibility on Homework Completion and Student Performance
Abstract: Research has shown that student choice and flexibility in the learning environment are linked to motivation and agency. This education research investigates the effect of choice and flexibility in impacting homework completion rate.  Two different classroom treatments were applied over two terms of an urban high school chemistry course. The first treatment involved flexible, supportive classroom structures that theoretically would lead to a greater homework completion rate. The second treatment (or control) involved the traditional, authoritative structures that had been in place--students were penalized for not completing homework within the designated timeframe.  Initial results suggest that the flexible supportive structures led to greater homework completion rates and to higher performances on the district assessment over the non-flexible homework condition.  These results will be discussed along with instructional implications, explanatory conjectures, and lessons learned.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: Alisa Grimes
University of Colorado at Boulder
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