G is for Genes: The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement

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Kathryn Asbury, Robert Plomin
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 4, 2013 - Education - 197 pages
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G is for Genes shows how a dialogue between geneticists and educationalists can have beneficial results for the education of all children—and can also benefit schools, teachers, and society at large.


  • Draws on behavioral genetic research from around the world, including the UK–based Twins’ Early Development Study (TEDS), one of the largest twin studies in the world
  • Offers a unique viewpoint by bringing together genetics and education, disciplines with a historically difficult relationship
  • Shows that genetic influence is not the same as genetic determinism and that the environment matters at least as much as genes
  • Designed to spark a public debate about what naturally–occurring individual differences mean for education and equality

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About the author (2013)

Kathryn Asbury is a Lecturer in the Centre for Psychology in Education at the University of York, UK.  She has published widely on the influence of home and school environments on children s achievement, behavior, and wellbeing.

Robert Plomin is the Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King s College London, UK.  He is the founder and principal investigator of the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), and has published more than 500 papers and a dozen books on behavior genetics.

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