King’s College study suggests strong genetic element in education-and advocates personalisation

February 4, 2011 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

I have a propensity towards deep suspicion and antipathy towards anything that relies on the explanatory power of how you were born (naturally, I blame my upbringing for this). However, I like what little I’ve seen from the conclusions of this study (which looked at 4000 sets of UK twins):

The report concludes: “More generally, instead of thinking about education as instruction (from the Latin instruo, which means ‘to build in’), this genetic perspective on learning suggests a return to the original meaning of education (from the Latin educatio, which means ‘to draw out’).

“That is, instead of a model of instruction in which children are the passive recipients of knowledge, a genetically sensitive approach to education suggests an active view of learning in which children select, modify and create their own education in part on the basis of their genetic propensities.”

via BBC News – Genes ‘play key role in classroom performance’.

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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