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    What can the study of genetics offer to educators?

    Thomas, Michael S.C. and Kovas, Y. and Meaburn, Emma L. and Tolmie, A. (2015) What can the study of genetics offer to educators? Mind Brain & Education 9 (2), pp. 72-80. ISSN 1751-228X.

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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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12077. In addition, authors may also transmit, print and share copies with colleagues, provided that there is no systematic distribution of the submitted version, e.g. posting on a listserve, network or automated delivery.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Birkbeck Knowledge Lab, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Michael Thomas
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 08:40
    Last Modified: 07 May 2017 01:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11891

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