Why do some children perform better in school than others?
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 29 May 2019
Children's differences in the ability to learn are already evident in early life and have pervasive, lasting influence on all important life outcomes, including socio-economic status, health, and well-being.
Committee Room 1UCL Institute of Education (IOE)20 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0AL
In her research, Sophie von Stumm applies digital technologies for collecting 'big data', life-course modeling and genomic methods to identify the complex dynamics of early life experiences that inform children's long-term cognitive development.
The findings suggest significant improvements in the accuracy of predicting individual children's school outcomes, which is key to developing 'personalised education' that seeks to optimise learning achievement.
While understanding the causes of children's differences in school performance is the greatest contribution that psychological science will make, it is the responsibility of our society to engage in the urgent discussion about the benefits and risks of tailoring educational provision to meet children's individual differences.
This talk is open and free for all to attend, but pre-booking is required. Please use the link above to register.
- Department for Learning and Leadership
- Centre for Education Improvement Science
- Conducting Research Evaluation and Trials in Education (CREATE)
About the Speaker
Sophie Von Stumm
Sophie von Stumm is Professor of Psychology in Education and Director of the Hungry Mind Lab at the University of York. Sophie studies the causes and consequences of individual differences in psychological and behavioural development across the life course.