Clinical Professor, Department of Instruction and Learning, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
Senior Scientist, Professor Emerita, Learning Research & Development Center
- The acquisition of vocabulary in school-age children, its relation to general verbal functioning, and instructional strategies for enhancing verbal functioning through vocabulary development.
- The effects of learner and text characteristics on learning in verbal domains.
- Instructional design and teacher professional development based on principles of cognitive theory and research.
McKeown, M. G. (2019). Effective vocabulary instruction fosters knowing words, using words, and understanding how words work. Language Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 50, 466–476.
McKeown, M., Crosson, A.C., Moore, D. & Beck, I. (2018). Word knowledge and comprehension effects of an academic vocabulary intervention for middle school students. American Educational Research, 55(3), 572-616.
McKeown, M. G., Deane, P. D., Scott, J. A., Krovetz, R, & Lawless, R. R. (2017). Vocabulary assessment to support instruction: Building rich word-learning experiences. New York: Guilford Press.
Crosson, A.C., & McKeown, M. G. (2016) Middle school learners’ use of Latin roots to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words. Cognition and Instruction, 34(2), 1-24.
Rimbey, M., McKeown, M., Beck, I., & Sandora, C. (2016). Supporting teachers to implement contextualized and interactive practices in vocabulary instruction. Journal of Education, 196(2), 69-87.
McKeown, M. G., & Beck, I. L. (2015). Effective classroom talk IS reading comprehension instruction. In L. B. Resnick, C. Asterhan, & S. Clarke (Eds.), Socializing Intelligence Through Talk and Dialogue. American Education Research Association (AERA).
Correnti, R., Stein, M.K., Smith, M., Scherrer, J., McKeown, M., Greeno, J., & Ashley, K. (2015). Improving Teaching at Scale: Design for the Scientific Measurement and Development of Discourse Practice. In L. Resnick & C. Asterhan (Eds), Socializing Intelligence through Academic Talk and Dialogue.
McKeown, M. G., & Beck, I. L. (2014). Effects of vocabulary instruction on measures of language processing: Comparing two approaches. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(4), 520-530.
McKeown, M. G., Crosson, A. C., Artz, N. J., Sandora, C., & Beck, I. L. (2013). In the media: Expanding students' experience with academic vocabulary. The Reading Teacher, 67(1), 45-53.
Beck, I. L, McKeown, M. G, & Kucan, L. (2013). Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction (2nd Edition). New York: Guilford Press
Apthorp, H., Randel, B., Cherasaro, T., Clark, T., McKeown, M., & Beck, I. (2012). Effects of a Supplemental Vocabulary Program on Word Knowledge and Passage Comprehension. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 5, 160-188.
McKeown, M. G., Beck, I. L., & Sandora, C. (2012). Direct and Rich Vocabulary Instruction Needs to Start Early. In E. J. Kame'enui & J. F. Baumann, (Eds.), Vocabulary instruction: Research to practice (2 ed.). (pp. 17-33). New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.
McKeown, M.G, Crosson, A.C., Beck, I.B. Sandora, C. & Artz, N. (2012). Development of an academic word vocabulary intervention to enhance word knowledge and comprehension for middle school students. Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
Crosson, A.C., McKeown, M.G., Beck, I.B., & Ward, A. (2012b). Developing an Assessment to Measure Depth of Knowledge of Academic Vocabulary. Interactive Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading.
Crosson, A.C., McKeown, M.G., Beck, I.B., & Ward, A. (2012a). Development of an Innovative Assessment of Vocabulary Depth. Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
McKeown, M. G., Beck, I. L., & Apthorp, H. (2011, April). Examining depth of processing in vocabulary lessons. Poster talk presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, New Orleans.
McKeown, M. G., Beck, I. L. (2011, April). Two approaches to vocabulary instruction for kindergarteners: Comparing effects on comprehension. Poster talk presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, New Orleans.
McKeown, M. G., & Beck, I. L. (2011). Making vocabulary interventions engaging and effective. In R. E. O'Connor & P. F. Vadasy (Eds.), Handbook of reading interventions (pp. 138-168). New York: Guilford Press.
McKeown, M. G. (2011). Reflections on what's proven and where the promise lies. In J. Levin (Ed.), Instructional Strategies for Improving Students' Learning (pp. 53-63). Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age Publishing.
McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L. (Eds.). (2010). Bringing reading research to life: Essays in honor of Isabel Beck. NY: Guilford Press.
McKeown, M. G. (2010, April). Robust vocabulary affects comprehension. Keynote Address, Maryland International Reading Association Annual Meeting, Hunt Valley, MD.
McKeown, M. G., Beck, I. L., &. Blake, R. G. K. (2009). Reading comprehension: Focus on content or strategies? Perspectives (International Dyslexia Association), 35(2), 28-32.
McKeown, M. G., Beck, I. L., & Blake, R. G. K. (2009). Rethinking comprehension instruction: Comparing strategies and content instructional approaches. Reading Research Quarterly, 44(3), 218-253.
McKeown, M. G., & Beck, I. L. (2009). The role of metacognition in understanding and supporting reading comprehension. In D. J. Hacker, J. Dunlosky, & A. C. Graesser (Eds.), Handbook of Metacognition in Education. The Educational Psychology Series (pp. 7-25). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Beck I. L., McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L. (2008). Creating robust vocabulary: Frequently asked questions and extended examples. NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Margaret McKeown, Senior Scientist, Professor Emerita was interviewd on the podcast, Empowering LLs (Language Learners), about robust vocabulary instruction and on the Education Research Reading Room podcast discussing her book Questions the Author.
Very exciting news about Bringing Words to Life, by Moddy McKeown, Clinical Professor, Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education, Isabel Beck, LRDC Senior Scientist and Professor Emerita, and Linda Kucan, School of Education. The Guardian, the world's third largest newspaper website, ran an article on the "ten books every teacher should read," and Bringing Words to Life was one of them!
August 15, 2018
Presented annual Jeanne Chall Lecture at Harvard Graduate School of Education 2017.
Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel Beck, Margaret McKeown, and Linda Kucan (2002; 2013) was listed by The Guardian, the world's third largest newspaper website, as one of the "ten books every teacher should read."
Vocabulary Assessment to Support Instruction: Building Rich Word-learning Experiences is now available from Guilford Press
LRDC Senior Scientist and Clinical Professor, Instruction and Learning, School of Education, Margaret McKeown, received the Creative Thought Matters Award of Distinction from her alma mater, Skidmore College.
June 19, 2017
An IES grant has been awarded for the project Returning to Our Roots: Development of a Morphology Intervention to Bolster Academic Vocabulary Knowledge for Adolescent English Learners (PI: Amy Crosson; Co-PI: Moddy McKeown, Isabel Beck)
An IES grant has been awarded for the project For Argument’s Sake: Applying Questioning the Author Techniques to Support Comprehension and Composition of Written Argument (PI: Amy Crosson; Co-PI’s: Moddy McKeown, Lindsay Matsumura, Rip Correnti)
LRDC Senior Scientist Moddy McKeown, along with Amy Crosson and colleagues from ETS (Paul Deane and Rene Lawless) and UC Santa Cruz (Judith Scott), was selected to receive an AERA Conference Award. The title is: A Collaborative Conference to Expand and Reimagine the Nature of Vocabulary Assessment. The conference will be held October 17 - 19, 2014, at ETS.
Moddy McKeown and NAEP vocabulary development featured
December 26, 2012
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
IRA selected Margaret McKeown and Isabel Beck's paper "Rethinking Comprehension Instruction: Comparing Strategies and Content Instructional Approaches," for their cross-journal virtual issue on comprehension. The editors chose articles based on interest and potential impact on both literacy scholarship and practice, their article was one of three chosen.
International Reading Association
Two Pitt Professors Named 2010 Fellows of the American Educational Research Association
March 22, 2010
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Member, International Reading Association
Reading Hall of Fame
Pitt Innovator Award
University of Pittsburgh
National Academy of Education Spencer Fellowship
International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation Award