What can the study of genetics offer to educators? Mind, Brain, and Education

Thomas, M.S.C.; Kovas, Yulia; Meaburn, E.L. and Tolmie, A.. 2015. What can the study of genetics offer to educators? Mind, Brain, and Education. Mind, Brain, and Education, 9(2), pp. 72-80. ISSN 1751-2271 [Article]

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This article explores the potential contribution of modern genetic methods and findings to education. It is familiar to hear that the ‘gene’ for this or that behavior has been discovered, or that certain skills are ‘highly heritable’. Can this help educators? To explore this, we describe the methods used to relate genetic variation to individual differences in high-level behaviors such as academic skills and educational achievement. These methods include twin studies and genome-wide association studies. We address the key question of what genetic data imply about the ability of educators to optimize educational outcomes for children across the range of abilities.

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