Thursday, April 22, 2010
When it comes to determining how quickly a child learns to read, it seems that genetics plays the biggest role.
But having a good teacher can help, too.
Those findings come from research at Florida State University, where a study involved hundreds of twins who were assigned to different first-and-second-grade classrooms.
Among the identical twins, 42 pairs out of the 280 pairs showed significant differences in reading improvement. And in each case, the twins whose teachers had the best quality scores were the ones who improved.
The study, published in the journal Science, was paid for by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.