Who We Are
The Adolescents, Teaching, Education, AchieveMent (A-TEAM) is a research team dedicated
to examining and understanding the psychological, social, and emotional processes
that enhance or impede academic achievement in adolescent populations. The A-TEAM
is co-directed by Dr. Christian Mueller, Dr. Martin Jones, and Dr. Denise Winsor in
the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Memphis.
Our Research Goals
Goal 1: To research topics of interest including; peer influences, motivation, gifted
students, self concept, and other topics related to academic performance.
Goal 2: To have graduate students become active participants in all facets of conducting
research and cultivate an environment which supports and facilitates learning from
multiple perspectives in theory and research.
Goal 3: To provide support and critical feedback in the research process from investigating
current literature, design and analysis of data, preparing conference proposals, and
submitting scientific articles for publication.
Goal 4: To foster students as independent researchers who are competent and efficacious
about pursuing their own research interests.
Our Current Projects
- Using the NELS:88 data set to examine how school, family, and individual activities
influence self-concept in gifted students. This research contributes to narrowing
the gap in the literature through investigating gifted students' academic self-concept
in the domains of math self-concept and verbal self-concept.
- Using the NELS:88 data set to examine how membership in certain athletic groups and
peer influences may relate to academic performance. This study addresses a gap in
the research by exploring specific team sports and academic outcomes via males' and
females' perceptions of peer beliefs in relationship to academic and social perspectives.
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