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TIPS Research

Research Summaries and Articles

Review a list of articles and reports about TIPS Interactive Homework. For selected studies, click on “abstract” for a brief summary of the research.

  • ASCD. (2001). How to make homework more meaningful by involving parents. (Video). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.  (Out of print from ASCD.  Available from NNPS at JHU. See TIPS order form.)
  • Epstein, J. L. (2007). Homework. In K. Borman, S. Cahill, & B. Cotner (Eds.), Praeger handbook of American high schools, (pp. 224-228). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Epstein, J. L., Simon, B. S., & Salinas, K. C. (1997). Effects of teachers involve parents in schoolwork (TIPS) language arts interactive homework in the middle grades.  Research Bulletin, #18 (September). Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappa/Center for Evaluation, Development, and Research.
  • Epstein, J. L., & Van Voorhis, F. L.  (2001). More than minutes: Teachers’ roles in designing homework. Educational Psychologist, 36, 181-194.
  • Epstein, J. L., & Van Voorhis, F. L.  (2009). Implement Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS). In Epstein, et al., School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition and CD, (pp. 275-306) Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Epstein, J. L., & Van Voorhis, F. L. (2012).  The changing debate: From assigning homework to designing homework.  In S. Suggate & E. Reese (Eds.).  Contemporary debates in child development and education, (pp. 263-273).  London:  Routledge.
  • MetLife. (2007). The MetLife survey of the American teacher: The homework experience. New York: MetLife, Inc.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L. (2001).  Interactive science homework: An experiment in home and school connections.  NASSP Bulletin, 85(627): 20-32.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L.  (2003). Interactive homework in middle school:  Effects on family involvement and students’ science achievement.  Journal of Educational Research, 96, 323-339.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L. (2004). Reflecting on the homework ritual: Assignments and designs.  Theory Into Practice, 43:205-212.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L. (2009). Does family involvement in homework make a difference?  Investigating the longitudinal effects of math and language arts interventions. In R. Deslandes (Ed.), Family-school-community partnerships international perspectives, (pp. 141-156).  New York: Taylor and Francis Group/Routledge.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L. (2011a). Adding families to the homework equation: a longitudinal study of family involvement and mathematics achievement. Education and Urban Society, 43, 313–338.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L. (2011b). Costs and benefits of family involvement in homework. Journal of Advanced Academics, 22, 220–249.
  • Van Voorhis, F. L. (2011c). Engaging families in student homework: Action steps for educators.  In H. Kreider and H. Westmoreland (Eds.), Promising Practices for Family Engagement in Out-of-school Time, (pp. 71-84).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.