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What Can the Study of Genetics Offer to Educators?

Thomas, MSC; Kovas, Y; Meaburn, EL; Tolmie, A; (2015) What Can the Study of Genetics Offer to Educators? Mind, Brain, and Education , 9 (2) pp. 72-80. 10.1111/mbe.12077. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: What Can the Study of Genetics Offer to Educators?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/mbe.12077
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12077
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Thomas, MSC; Kovas, Y; Meaburn, EL; Tolmie, A; (2015) What Can the Study of Genetics Offer to Educators? Mind, Brain, and Education, 9 (2) pp. 72-80, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12077. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475891
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