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Ohio State College of Education and Human Ecology Research: A Year in Review FY20

Faculty and research staff at the Ohio State College of Education and Human Ecology have had an extraordinary year conducting important research, authoring books and journal articles, and surpassing FY19 research dollars by $10M. Take a look at some of the work they have engaged in to solve pressing problems in early childhood education, health, and equity in FY20.

Our Research Portfolio

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

In FY20 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020), faculty, staff and student researchers at The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) were awarded $31,916,029. This is a $10 million increase in EHE PI-led grant awards over FY19.

Examples of Grants Funded in FY20

five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. The goal to expand, refine, and ascertain the impact of HEROES, a literacy intervention that was created with earlier funding from an Early-Phase award. The current project will serve 1,820 more students, prepare 192 more HEROES teachers, and test training and lesson implementation.
five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, focuses on SES-related disparities in early language development and child risk for developmental language disorder.
five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences leverages novel metabolomics tools to understand how the most intriguing microbial metabolites, such as those from bioconversion of functional food, could possibly impact host physiology and may therefore be appropriate targets for nutritional and therapeutic interventions.
five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Classroom Age Composition and Children's Early Learning: Understanding the Role of Classroom
five-year, National Science Foundation CAREER grant, Digital Mathematics Storytelling from Communities of Color.


Source: Based on research expenditures reported in the U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Graduate School Rankings

In FY20 our faculty, staff and students have been recognized for their work, authored award-winning publications and participated in research that helped address pressing issues related to STEM education, literacy, equity and inclusion. View highlights of work conducted across the college:

Graduate Students Awarded Research Grants

EHE doctoral students Sahra Ahmed, Busra Ceviren, Eric McChesney and Marcos Rivera wanted to encourage their peers to discover new solutions to problems. At the same time, they saw the opportunity for fellow graduate students in the college to gain valuable research experience. With support and funding from Dean Don Pope-Davis, the four founded the Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (GSIRI).

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Human Sciences

Human Development

A new child can spark feelings of jealousy in a person who already fears being abandoned by his or her partner, research suggests. A new study found that partners who showed signs of relationship anxiety before the birth of their first child were more likely to be jealous of the child after it was born.

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Educational Studies

Educating Students About Diversity

A first-of-its-kind multiyear survey of thousands of college students on 122 campuses nationwide has found that while schools make enormous strides in educating students about diversity, there is more institutions could do to incorporate religion into their studies.

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Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy

School Absences Affect K-8 Student Into Adulthood

Researchers found that those who were more regularly absent in these early years of school were less likely to vote, reported having greater economic difficulties and had poorer educational outcomes when they were 22 to 23 years old.

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Teaching and Learning

Learning Mathematics in Urban Communities

Students will connect mathematics from out-of-school settings to the mathematics they learn in school. This project will also create a teacher-friendly website of short videos that showcase the rich mathematics that exists in the everyday lives of urban children.

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Educational Studies

Research on Blended Learning

Associate Professor Tzu-Jung Lin with co-principal investigators Michael Glassman and Eric Anderman, received a $1.4 million grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. In the four-year project, they will boost knowledge of the effectiveness of blended face-to-face and online learning for elementary students by developing and evaluating a social studies intervention. The team will collaborate with teachers to test the intervention’s effectiveness in promoting fourth- and fifth-graders’ interpersonal competencies and academic achievement. More than 700 children in two central Ohio school districts will take part.