Genetics and Education: Recent Developments in the Context of an Ugly History and an Uncertain Future

Daphne Martschenko, Sam Trejo, Benjamin W. Domingue

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Driven by our recent mapping of the human genome, genetics research is increasingly prominent and beginning to reintersect with education research. We describe previous intersections of these fields, focusing on the ways that they were harmful. We then discuss novel features of genetics research in the current era, with an emphasis on possibilities deriving from the availability of molecular genetic data and the proliferation of genome-wide association studies. We discuss both the promises and potential pitfalls resulting from the convergence of molecular genetic research and education research. The floodgates of genetic data have opened. Collaboration between those in the social and biomedical sciences; open conversation among policy makers, educators, and researchers; and public engagement will all prove critical for enacting regulations and research designs that emphasize equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalAERA Open
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • adversarial collaboration
  • education research
  • equity
  • genetics
  • molecular genetics
  • polygenic score


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