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ERIC Number: EJ814964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
Science in Elementary School: Generalist Genes and School Environments
Haworth, Claire M. A.; Kovas, Yulia; Dale, Philip S.; Plomin, Robert
Intelligence, v36 n6 p694-701 Nov-Dec 2008
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. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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