2012

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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Gendered motivational processes affecting high school maths participation, educational aspirations and career plans (Watt et al., 2012)

Australian, Canadian and American researchers, including Helen Watt and Zoe Morris from Monash University, Jennifer Shapka from the University of British Columbia and Jacquelynne Eccles from the University of Michigan, explored longitudinal data from Australia, Canada and the US to examine gendered differences in how motivational beliefs about maths in…
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Education trends in Australia (NATSEM, 2012)

The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSTEM) at the University of Canberra and AMP have published a report on the state of education in Australia. Using ABS statistics, Government reports and other data, this report presents a snapshot of Australian educational trends. The full report and executive summary…
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Student leadership development in girls’ schools (Archard, 2012)

This study explored student leadership development as reported by staff members in Australian and New Zealand girls’ schools. “Leadership education for girls is important for both preparing girls for their role as leaders in society and also addressing concerns of gender inequity” (Archard, 2012, p. 26). A total of 209…
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Interpreting the relationship between single-sex science classes and girls’ academic motivation and interest (Johnson, 2012)

This doctoral study explored whether students’ motivation to learn science changes when they are placed in a single-sex science class (Johnson, 2012). The study also “measured whether the students’ level of interest in science and desire to major in science changes based on their enrollment in a single-gender class” (p.…
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OECD international trends for girls (2012)

Two reports from the OECD highlight international trends for girls relating to education, career expectations and employment. The first report How are girls doing in schools – and women doing in employment – around the world? Education Indicators in Focus (OECD, 2012) examined data to determine how girls are performing…
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Gender bias in tertiary science faculties (Moss-Racusin et al. 2012)

This American study examined whether tertiary science faculty members would demonstrate preferential evaluation of male or female students who would potentially work in their laboratories. Moss-Racusin et al. (2012, p. 16475) used a nationwide sample of 127 biology, chemistry and physics professors from six universities who “evaluated the application materials…
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