Education brings a lifetime of benefits to people, from greater economic opportunities to job satisfaction to better health. Ohio State researchers are studying how people learn best--from preschool to old age, and everywhere in between.
But the university's commitment to education doesn't end with college students. Throughout Ohio State, researchers are finding ways to make education better for learners of all ages, from young children to older adults.
They're finding how parents and teachers can help young people be better students and the best ways for adults to keep learning.
Read on to see how Ohio State research helps students of all ages:
An early start: An Ohio State study found that young children with poor language skills will improve more if they are placed in classrooms with high-achieving students. And researchers have discovered that parents and teachers can help boost preschoolers' reading skills with one small change in how they read aloud. All they have to do is make specific references to print--such as pointing out letters and words on the page, showing capital letters, and showing how to read left to right.
It's elementary: Many parents and teachers want to reward elementary school students for doing well in their classes. But Ohio State education professors say that rewards can actually be counterproductive if used incorrectly. They may even lead to less learning and more cheating.