Technological advancements are altering the structural framework of almost every field of study. The study of genome sequencing and editing is one such field greatly influenced by the technological advancements. A team of researchers has recently announced that analysis of educational genome helps in providing better education.
Every student has their own style of learning things and have unique capabilities each. Some learn in group projects while others learn in individual projects. Some learn while practising what they read while others learn from reading. Thereby, the researchers engaged in looking out for a solution to the problem of a generalised educational syllabus.
The research has revealed that learning system might be embedded made better by studying educational genome. It basically involves identifying and analyzing the contribution of DNA variants to traits. The traits mainly related to education, such as memory, reaction time, learning ability, and academic achievement.
An explanation of Darya Gaysina, a University of Sussex lecturer on psychology and lead of the EDGE Lab, with regard to the impact of the educational genome on students is first published on The Conversation.
Gaysina stated, “One day, genomics could enable educational organizations to create tailor-made curriculum programs based on a pupil’s DNA profile.” Such genetic information derived could be used to identify which DNA variants facilitate school achievement, like reading and mathematical abilities, she argued.
This shall further help in identifying if a student would excel in mathematics or science. Then such predispositions can be used in the classroom to adopt a more personalised approach.
Gaysina also explained the dependency of development of a gene on its host environment. She further added, “Educational genomics aims to uncover this complex relationship – to look at how the genome works in different environments.” “This information will then help researchers to understand how this interplay affects brain and behavior across the life of a person.”
A detailed study and analysis of educational genome is ought to change the way education system works at present. It might help in formulating a syllabus based on students capabilities. According to Gaysina, “Educational genomics could enable schools to accommodate a variety of different learning styles – both well-worn and modern – suited to the individual needs of the learner.”