2008

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.

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ACER Research Report – Quick Summary (2008)

In December 2008, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) published a report into the senior secondary achievement of girls at Alliance member schools. The study was commissioned by the Alliance and found overwhelmingly that there were numerous academic advantages for girls who attend Alliance member schools. Summary of findings:…
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ACER Research Report – Full Report (2008)

In December 2008, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) published a report into the senior secondary achievement of girls at Alliance member schools. The study was commissioned by the Alliance and found overwhelmingly that there were numerous academic advantages for girls who attend Alliance member schools. The full report…
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ACER Research Report – Executive Summary (2008)

Executive summary of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) report into Senior Secondary Achievement in Member Schools of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (ACER, 2008). The purpose of the ACER study was to examine available data on secondary school performance for girls attending schools that are members of…
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Development of the teenage brain (Choudhury, Charman & Blakemore, 2008)

This article reviews recent research on adolescent brain development. Cumulatively, studies show that ‘the human brain may be adaptive to the behaviorally demanding social environment during adolescence’ (Choudhury, Charman & Blakemore, 2008, p. 142). The focus on adolescents for research is of increasing importance because of the higher rates of…
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Sleep and the obesity epidemic (Van Cauter & Knutson, 2008)

‘There is rapidly accumulating evidence from both laboratory and epidemiological studies to indicate that chronic partial sleep loss may increase the risk of obesity and weight gain’ (Van Cauter & Knutson, 2008, p. 59). This article reviewed laboratory evidence and studies that focused on the link between weight and sleep.…
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Sleep duration and weight gain (Patel & Hu, 2008)

‘Over the past several decades, the prevalence of obesity has grown to epidemic proportions. Concurrent with this rise in weight there has been a similar epidemic of chronic sleep deprivation’ (Patel & Hu, 2008, p. 643). This article systematically reviewed the literature ‘regarding short sleep duration as an independent risk…
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Rethinking the youth weight debate: the 24 hour day (Dodd et al., 2008)

This article explored the link between sleep duration and weight regulating hormones in children and adolescents. ‘A growing number of studies conducted in various countries have consistently reported an inverse association between hours of sleep and body weight in children and adolescents’ (Dodd et al., 2008, p. 7). ‘An inference from these…
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