ERIC Number: EJ1060262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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What Can the Study of Genetics Offer to Educators?
Thomas, Michael S. C.; Kovas, Yulia; Meaburn, Emma L.; Tolmie, Andrew
Mind, Brain, and Education, v9 n2 p72-80 Jun 2015
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 question, 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.
Descriptors: Genetics, Individual Differences, Student Characteristics, Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Twins, Research, Educational Attainment, Genetic Disorders
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