Comment and Debate: Social class differences in early cognitive development


  • Leon Feinstein Early Intervention Foundation
  • John Jerrim Institute of Education, UCL
  • Anna Vignoles University of Cambridge
  • Harvey Goldstein University of Bristol
  • Robert French University of Bristol
  • Elizabeth Washbrook University of Bristol
  • RaeHyuck Lee Columbia University
  • Ruth Lupton University of Manchester



In an opening paper Leon Feinstein reviews methodological criticism of his influential research into the relationship between early cognitive development and socioeconomic grades, based on UK 1970 Birth Cohort Study data. The points he raises are then debated in commentaries by John Jerrim and Anna Vignoles, Harvey Goldstein and Robert French, Elizabeth Washbrook and RaeHyuck Lee and Ruth Lupton.

Leon Feinstien's response to these comments will be published in the next issue of the journal.