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Bridging Genomics and Education


by Elena L. Grigorenko - March 26, 2007

This article attempts to link advances in genomics to education and to show why understanding and incorporating concepts and recent findings from genomics is extremely important for the future of education. Because genomics refers to studies of the whole genome and how it functions as a system in an environment, and because schooling represents a crucial type of environment in development, it appears to be sensible to explore possible links between genomics and education. I suggest that educators might want to pay close attention to developments in genomics to (1) enhance their understanding of the dynamics and complexities of human development; (2) provide a basis for strengthening their attempts to individualize education by capitalizing on every child’s strengths and minimizing weaknesses; and (3) prepare themselves for new paradigms of child rearing and schooling. Genomics is already revolutionizing the way medical care is delivered and distributed; it will inevitably affect children’s developmental trajectories by introducing more pharmacological and behavioral therapies. Educators will need to understand the impact of these changes on children in the classroom, where American children spend a large portion of their formative years.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 26, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13909, Date Accessed: 11/30/2020 9:43:32 PM

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  • Elena Grigorenko
    Yale University
    ELENA L. GRIGORENKO earned her Ph.D. in general psychology from Moscow State University, Russia, in 1990, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and genetics from Yale University in 1996. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Child Studies and Psychology at Yale and Associate Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University. Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. She has received awards for her work from five different divisions of the American Psychological Association. In 2004, she won the APA Distinguished Award for an Early Career Contribution to Developmental Psychology. Dr. Grigorenko’s research has been funded by NIH, NSF, DOE, Cure Autism Now, the Foundation for Child Development, the American Psychological Foundation, and other federal and private sponsoring organizations.
 
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