Article by ETSU professor was journal's most-read in 2014

Dr. Matt McBee at ETSU

JOHNSON CITY – (April 7, 2015) An article co-authored by an East Tennessee State University psychology professor was the most-read article in the journal High Ability Studies during 2014.

The article was also among the top 15 most downloaded articles in journals published last year by Routledge, a global publishing company in educational psychology.

Dr. Matt McBee, an assistant professor of Psychology, co-wrote the article, “'Effects of schoolwide cluster grouping and within-class ability grouping on elementary school students’ academic achievement growth.”  The study examined a model called “total school cluster grouping,” which places elementary school children in specific classrooms based on their level of academic achievement.

McBee said this model is effective because it narrows the range of academic ability in the classroom, allowing teachers to differentiate their instruction more effectively.

High Ability Studies is one of the top peer-reviewed journals dedicated to the study of education for gifted students and those with high intellectual abilities.

McBee, a quantitative psychologist, did the data analysis for the study.  He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Georgia and joined the ETSU faculty in 2011.

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