This conference will bring together experts in genetics, economics, sociology, psychology, and education, in order to advance an integration of research on the genetics of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, structural determinants of educational inequality, and the effects of large-scale educational interventions. Critical questions at the interface of these rapidly-developing fields include:
- What, if anything, do results from genetic research and sociological research imply about the effectiveness of educational interventions?
- How can intervention designs be used to test hypotheses about the mechanisms linking genotypes with complex human phenotypes, including gene-by-environment interaction hypotheses?
- How can intervention designs be used to test hypotheses about who is advantaged or disadvantaged by school structures?
- How can discoveries about mechanisms of genetic effects be used to identify intervention targets in diverse school settings?
- How can integrating genetic data (e.g., measured genotypes, genetically-related samples) into intervention studies improve estimates of overall effects and advance understanding of heterogeneity of treatment effects?
The goal of the conference will be to develop a White Paper with methodological recommendations for how intervention research could integrate genetic and sociological data, and how genetic or population-based studies could integrate light-touch experimental interventions.