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Science in elementary school: Generalist genes and school environments

Haworth, Claire M. A.; Kovas, Yulia; Dale, Philip S. and Plomin, Robert. 2008. Science in elementary school: Generalist genes and school environments. Intelligence, 36(6), pp. 694-701. ISSN 01602896 [Article]

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Using a genetically sensitive design, we investigated the etiology of academic performance in Science in elementary school, and its etiological links with other academic abilities and general cognitive ability (g). The sample consisted of over 2000 pairs of twins at 10 years of age from the Twins Early Development Study. Science performance, as rated by teachers. is moderately heritable (49%) and shows only modest shared environmental influence (27%). Our multivariate results show that Science shares genetic influences with English, Math and g. Nonetheless, Science is more than just g, as there are specific genetic and environmental influences on Science. In addition, there are common environmental influences shared by the three school subjects that are not shared with g - a school environment effect.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1016/j.intell.2008.04.002

Keywords:

COGNITIVE-ABILITIES LEARNING-ABILITIES TWIN HERITABILITY ACHIEVEMENT IQ DISABILITIES MULTIVARIATE 7-YEAR-OLDS PERFORMANCE

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2008Published

Item ID:

3242

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2010 07:30

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 09:25

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3242
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