‘MTSU On the Record’ increases its word power with...

‘MTSU On the Record’ increases its word power with professor’s research

A recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program stressed the importance of expanding children’s vocabularies to help them become better readers.

Dr. Eric Osland

Dr. Eric Osland

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Eric Oslund, an assistant professor of elementary and secondary education, first aired Sept. 19 on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation below.

WMOT-new web logoOslund, who also works in MTSU’s doctoral program in literary studies, co-authored the research published in the academic journal “Learning and Individual Difference” with four colleagues.

The study analyzed how vocabulary influences the reading comprehension of seventh- and eighth-graders who come from low-income families that qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

“I think we need to dedicate resources that people from low SES (socioeconomic status) backgrounds may not have: programs that get books into their hands that cover a variety of topics and training parents or teaching parents on the importance of talking to their children, exposing them to as many words as possible,” said Oslund.

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