Historically Burdened Concepts in Education

My work focuses on four terms with burdened histories:Β intelligence, genetics, race, andΒ socio-economic status. Broadly, I use mixed-methods and intersectionality theory to examine how genetics research into intelligence and educational attainment might affect the United States education system, where documented racial and socioeconomic disparities prevail and where teacher perceptions of student ability are known to affect student performance and referrals for gifted education programs (Elhoweris et al, 2005; Gillborn et al, 2012; Grissom, 2016; Slate et al, 1990). Intelligence is a highly charged word with ties to racist, classist, and eugenic narratives. As a highly valued quality, it has been used…