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Second Early Learning Institute to open for children with autism

Michigan State University will launch the second branch of an educational program designed to help young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The Early Learning Institute (ELI) will open its second location in Lansing in late August 2016 and plans to serve eight children ages 2-5 with ASD and their families. This is in addition to… Read More »

Video game showcases workout motivators

A Michigan State University researcher is using a video game to uncover key differences in what motivates men and women to go the “extra mile” during a workout. The study, led by Deborah Feltz, a University Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, gave participants the opportunity to watch an avatar of themselves exercise alongside a virtual partner,… Read More »

Teachers optimistic about common core writing standards, not tests

Teachers believe the Common Core standards in their states can improve how they teach writing, according to research from Michigan State University. However, they also find plenty of shortcomings with the standards—and with the associated state writing tests in particular. The new national survey, led by Gary Troia, is the first study of teacher perceptions… Read More »

Michigan school funding, choice policies hurting local districts, research shows

School districts in Michigan get into financial trouble almost entirely based on factors outside their control, according to a study from Michigan State University. Chief among those factors are declining enrollment, higher shares of special education students and drops in state funding—a matter in the hands of policymakers. And these forces have made the hardships… Read More »

Three Kinesiology graduate students receive national honors

Three graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology recently received honors from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) and from the department. Andrew Parks, a Kinesiology doctoral student, was awarded with the AKA Student Writing Award. The award recognizes graduate students who have published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals while enrolled in kinesiology departments. Students who are nominated must… Read More »

Does learning improve when every student gets a laptop?

Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper indicates. Michigan State University’s Binbin Zheng and colleagues analyzed years of studies on “one-to-one” laptop programs, including Zheng’s own research, and found that such programs that… Read More »