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Praising middle school students improves on-task behavior by up to 70%, BYU study finds

August 19, 2021
The study found that when middle school teachers praised students at least as often as they reprimanded them, class-wide on-task behavior improved by 60–70%. Students at high risk for emotional and behavioral disorders were also more likely to be on task, and their classroom marks went up by a full letter grade, compared to high-risk students in classrooms where teachers rarely offered praise.
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BYU research finds social support key to increasing medical patient survival rates

May 18, 2021
Support interventions such as group meetings and family sessions that promoted healthy behaviors resulted in a 29% increased probability of survival over time.
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Three new deans announced at BYU

April 22, 2021
BYU Academic Vice President C. Shane Reese announced the appointment of three new deans today, including Richard D. Osguthorpe at the David O. McKay School of Education, Laura Padilla-Walker at the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences and Adam T. Woolley as the dean of Graduate Studies.
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BYU No. 1 in the nation for launching business, foreign language Ph.D.s

April 06, 2021
BYU prepares more future Ph.D. students in both business management and foreign languages than any other university in the United States.
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Five BYU programs make Top 100 in latest US News Grad School Rankings; Nine BYU programs now hold that designation

March 30, 2021
The J. Reuben Clark Law School rocketed up to No. 29 in the 2022 edition of the U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings, leading a group of five BYU graduate programs that earned top marks.
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BYU graduate student ‘finds her voice’ in speech-language pathology

April 19, 2020
Last November, BYU McKay School graduate student Tristin Hampshire traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention. Hampshire was one of 25 students to receive ASHA’s Student Research Travel Award (SRTA) because the program committee considered her research proposal as the “highest-rated student-authored paper in its convention topic area.”
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Praising students in a classroom setting has big impact on their behavior

January 29, 2020
The number of times a teacher compliments or recognizes a student’s good behavior, compared to how often the teacher reprimands the student, the more likely that student is going to stay focused on the task at hand.
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Want your kids to be more resilient and empathetic? Try sports, new study says

October 15, 2019
Encouraging teenagers to participate in sports could help them face challenges now and in the future.
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Love for a sister leads to passion for special education research

April 21, 2019
Bruna Goncalves, a student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in special education, found her passion for behavioral research through the love she has for her best friend and older sister, Barbara.
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‘A way cool way to be’: BYU team gains insights into understudied group of children with autism

January 01, 2019
It’s a challenging proposition for anyone: Lie flat on your back, helmet covering half of your face, in a tight-quartered MRI capsule that would make even the non-claustrophobe jittery. Then try not to move for 45 minutes. For children and adolescents with autism and low verbal and cognitive performance (LVCP), that proposition has been nearly impossible without sedation — until now.
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Women TEDx speakers receive more polarized comments than men

June 25, 2018
BYU researchers found that though most comments on TEDx and TED-Ed videos are neutral, women receive more of both positive and negative comments than men.

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Teaching without training

July 18, 2017
Despite efforts from No Child Left Behind to promote “highly qualified” teaching, BYU research shows that just 36 percent of new science teachers are teaching only in their trained subject.

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To type or not to type? That isn't really the question.

May 29, 2017
Schoolchildren have become accustomed to digital communication — think texting — but haven’t necessarily learned to switch off the habits formed in casual communication when using digital media for academic purposes.

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Open textbooks: BYU researchers show free resources can provide an equivalent education and save students thousands

May 14, 2017
Dozens of studies from a team of BYU researchers show college students don't necessarily need to spend thousands of dollars on textbooks to get a high-quality education.

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Build an underwater robot, learn STEM subjects

March 23, 2017
More than 800 elementary and middle school students descended on the Lehi Legacy Center pool last week, but none of them got in the water.
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Salad bars in public schools: How to get kids to use them

March 06, 2017
Thanks to a national initiative, salad bars are showing up in public schools across the country. Now a BYU researchers is trying to figure out how to get kids to eat from them.

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New study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism

February 08, 2017
New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention.

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Picking teams and picking music in P.E.

February 01, 2017
BYU education professor David Barney recently published two studies on P.E. practices that can help kids have better experiences: listening to music and picking teams privately.

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