Antonio Valle Arias

University of  A Coruña

Design and Presentation of the Homework Implementation Method (MITCA) Tool: Proposal Basis and Main Results

Participants: Susana Rodríguez Martínez1; Isabel Piñeiro Aguín1; Carolina Rodríguez Llorente1; Tania Vieites Lestón1

1University of A Coruña

Symposium Summary

This symposium aims to present the Homework Implementation Method (MITCA), developed by the Educational Psychology Research Group (GIPED) from the University of A Coruña. In the first part of the symposium, the basic principles that guides the prescription of MITCA`s homework are specified, as well as a detailed description of the method, including the strategies and resources used throughout the twelve weeks of its implementation. Also, information on the assessments, difficulties and suggestions made by teachers throughout the proposal’s follow-up are provided. The second part of the symposium will present findings in regard to the behavioural commitment ( such as spent time, time use and amount of tasks performed), to the motivation towards homework (such as interest, perception of utility, attitudes) and to the anxiety associated to the homework, all of it between students who participated in the implementation of the MITCA and the control group students. For the students group involved in the method`s implementation, preliminary results regarding changes in the school engagement (emotional, cognitive and behavioural) are presented. Finally, some references related to changes for homework prescription (frequency of prescription and correction, purpose and type of tasks) and to the improvements in the perception of homework usefulness by teachers who implemented MITCA are made.

This symposium was supported by the funding for the research projects EDU2013-44062-P (MINECO) and EDU2017-82984-P (MEIC).

Short CV

Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of A Coruña. He is member of several scientific journals’ editorial boards (Psicothema, Revista de Psicodidáctica, Papeles del Psicólogo, European Journal of Education and Psychology) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Revista de Psicología y Educación, and Revista de Estudios e Investigación en Psicología y Educación.

He coordinates the Research Group in Educational Psychology (GIPED) of the University of A Coruña, recognized as a group of potential growth within the Programme for Consolidation and Structuring of Competitive Research Units funded by the  Local Ministry of Education and University Planning of the Xunta of Galicia.

He has published more than 150 scientific articles of which 78 were published in indexed JCR journals (34 of them in Q1 and Q2).

In the last decade, he has participated in nine competitive research projects, led seven doctoral theses, is co-author of twelve books and has presented more than one hundred communications and papers in national and international conferences.

He has been member of several evaluation committees of various organizations such as the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP), the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA), the Andalusian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Research (AGAE), the Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System (ACSUG) and the Spanish State of  Research Agency.

He has been the director of the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of A Coruña (from 1998 to 2000, and 2009 to 2017).

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