Classroom Separation Has No Effect On Twins Achievement

A new study looks at separation of twins in school to find out whether or not separation has a positive or negative educational outcome.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

A study published in July 2018 looks at classroom separation and how it affects twins achievements. The study was published in Developmental Psychology. Developmental Psychology is a journal published by the American Psychological Association. The study looked at positive or negative effects of classroom separation, and whether or not twins taught in different classes are more different from each other than twins taught in the same class. Twins from Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the study.

Limited effect

The researchers looked at academic achievement and several cognitive abilities and motivational measures. The children were evaluated between the ages of 7 to 16 years. The results showed that there was very limited positive or negative effect of classroom separation on twins’ achievement, cognitive ability and motivation. Canadian twins at age 12 and British twins at age 16 were slightly more similar on achievement if placed in the same classroom, with slightly greater similarity among monozygotic twins than dizygotic twins. Monozygotic twins are identical twins, and dizygotic twins are fraternal.

Rigid guidelines

The researchers stressed that the few effects found were weak, and it remains unclear whether they result from classroom separation or other factors. The researchers recommend that policymakers should not impose rigid guidelines to separate twins during their education. The choice of whether to educate twins together or separately should be up to parents, twins and teachers, in response to the children’s individual needs.

About the Author

Kate Phillipa Clark

Kate Phillipa Clark has a bachelor in Journalism and an Executive Master in Corporate Communication. She is an identical twin and so is her father.

 

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