2009

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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Sex/gender, language and the new biologism (Cameron, 2009)

This article critically examines biological explanations for male-female differences, particularly as they are applied to linguistic behaviour. Cameron (2009, p. 1) notes that ‘there has been a striking shift in both academic and popular discourse’ on the subject of sexual dimorphism. The research on language and gender is systematically analysed…
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Sex differences and the impact of steroid hormones on the developing human brain (Neufang et al., 2009)

The effect of sexual maturation on brain morphometry was explored in normally developing children and adolescents. ‘Sexual dimorphism of brain structures may be related to sex chromosomes, hormonal effects, environmental effects, or a combination of these factors’ (Neufang et al., 2009, p. 470). ‘Behavioral transformations are closely related to cerebral…
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Outcomes of child sleep problems over the school transition period (Quach et al., 2009)

‘Adequate sleep quantity and quality are important for the developing child’s learning, memory, and behavior’ (Quach et al., 2009, p. 1287). Conversely, sleep difficulties in children can have negative and serious consequences.  This study explored sleep problems occurring in the 2-year period spanning school entry, and whether sleep problems were…
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Serotonin effects on sleep and emotional disorders in adolescent migraine (Pakalnis et al., 2009)

This study explored the relationship between emotional disorders and sleep disturbances in female adolescents who suffered from migraines. A total of 18 control females and 25 ‘migraineur’ adolescents aged between 13 to 17 years were studied. Inventories, questionnaires and blood samples were used to determine the results. ‘Migraine headaches are…
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Preparing for Year 12 examinations: predictors of psychological distress and sleep (Robinson, et al., 2009)

This study examined the influence of psychological distress and sleep among Year 12 students, one month prior to externally assessed examinations for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). ‘Inadequate sleep may be particularly pronounced among adolescents experiencing academic stress’ (Robinson, Alexander & Gradisar, 2009, p. 60). ‘The relationship between…
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