Research Library

Providing current research to our members is a strategic priority for the Alliance. We deliver access to valuable resources and anaylsis of the latest research findings relevant to educators of girls. Academic research and reports by governments, universities and major organisations are summarised for members, highlighting themes and topics of particular relevance to the education of girls, including: academic performance, mental health, leadership, neuroscience, single-sex education, STEM, wellbeing, and work and careers.

Access is restricted to member schools. For more information or member access, please contact Loren Bridge (t) +61 7 5521 0749 (e) loren.bridge@agsa.org.au

Influence of gender, single-sex and co-educational schooling on students’ enjoyment and achievement in mathematics (Prendergast and O’Donoghue, 2014)

An Irish study has found that although girls out-score males on every diagnostic mathematics examination, girls report lower levels of mathematics enjoyment than boys, particularly in co-educational schools (Prendergast & O’Donoghue, 2014, p. 1128). Mark Prendergast from the Dublin Institute of Technology and John O’Donoghue from the University of Limerick…
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Becoming a great school for girls (Cummins, 2016)

What does a great school for girls do? It privileges the pursuit of achievement; builds robust and resilient learning relationships; listens to its community carefully and consistently; invests in research and development; and earns a strong reputation as a great school that exceeds expectations. Dr Phil Cummins from CIRCLE Education…
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Getting it right: Establishing good professional learning programs (Cummins, 2016)

Using data from 250 major works and reports on professional learning from the past decade, Dr Phil Cummins of CIRCLE Education presented a workshop on professional learning, “Getting it right: What school leaders need to know to establish really good professional learning programs for teachers in girls’ schools”, at the Alliance’s 2016 conference…
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Navigating CEO appointments: Do male and female CEOs differ in how they reached the top? (Fitzsimmons, 2016)

Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons from the University of Queensland Business School is a leading researcher in the field of leadership development pathways, career capital and gender inequality in senior leadership roles. Alongside Professor Victor Callan, Dr Fitzsimmons has authored several articles and reports on gender inequality in CEO appointments. He is…
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Mental health of transgender children who are supported in their identities (Olson et al., 2016)

Researchers from the Department of Psychology, University of Washington in Seattle, USA, undertook to examine mental health in a sample of prepubescent transgender children who had socially transitioned and identified as the gender opposite to their “natal” (birth) sex (Olson et al., 2016). Kristina Olson, Lily Durwood, Madeleine DeMeules and…
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Girls’ academic self-concept in science in single-sex and co-educational classes (Simpson, Che & Bridges, 2015)

Amber Simpson, Megan Che and William Bridges examined whether and how single-sex classes affect adolescents’ attitudes and affect toward science in an American public school setting. Their findings suggest that being enrolled in a single-sex science classroom influences how students perceive their abilities to learn and perform in science, particularly…
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The effect of single-sex education on academic outcomes in Trinidad and Tobago (Jackson, 2016)

In 2010, the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago converted twenty low-performing, co-educational government secondary schools into single-sex schools (Jackson, 2016, p. 1). Associate Professor C. Kirabo Jackson, a labour economist at Northwestern University in the United States, found that after accounting for student selection, there were “large positive…
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