Monday, 14 May 2018

Nature and nurture in education - new post on BOLD blog

My latest post for the BOLD blog explains what the term heritability means, and what heritability estimates might mean for education.

This was inspired partly by recent news stories reporting heritability estimates, and partly by discussions on the Learning Zone about heritability.

Heritability seems to be surrounded by misunderstandings, which I feel may be stifling important debates about genes in education. In the post I explain what scientists mean when they use this word, and why the science underpinning it may not be exactly what you think.

I believe that with a better understanding of heritability, sensible debates about what we do with this information can proceed.