2013

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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COAG Equity Report Summary (2013)

Tracking equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia The COAG Reform Council was asked to compile a report for the development of a National Framework for Gender Equality. Tracking equity: Comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia is a snapshot of the status of Australian girls and…
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Impact of school characteristics on TER (Gemici et al., 2013)

The impact of school characteristics on TER and young people’s transition to university This report investigated the impact of school characteristics on Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) and the probability of going to university by age 19. Data from the 2006 cohort of Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) was analysed…
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PISA 2012 summary (2013)

2012 PISA results for Australia and New Zealand: a focus on girls and gender The PISA results for 2012 were released yesterday (3/12/13) amid a flurry of eye-catching press headlines. PISA measures how well 15-year-olds from across the globe are prepared to use their knowledge and skills in mathematics, reading…
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Mission Australia Youth Survey summary 2013

Mission Australia’s 2013 Youth Survey Mission Australia conducts an annual survey of Australian youth which “taps into the minds of young people across the country, providing unique insight into their aspirations and concerns for the future” (Mission Australia, 2013, p. 1). The 2013 results highlight some interesting gender differences. In…
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Academic excellence in Alliance schools (Nov 2013)

Secondary school numbers and Alliance school numbers by state – Nov 2013 TAS There are approximately 96 secondary schools in Tasmania There are 4 Tas Alliance members VIC There are approximately 587 secondary schools in Victoria There are 36 Vic Alliance members SA There are approximately 253 secondary schools in…
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Academic school quality and student outcomes (Lim, Gemici & Karmel, 2013)

Lim, Gemici and Karmel (2013, p. 3) investigated the interactions between students’ individual socioeconomic status (SES), their academic achievement at age 15 years, the academic quality of the school they attend, school completion, tertiary entrance rank (TER) and university participation. Data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) was…
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Academic all-rounders (OECD, 2013)

Academic all-rounders: PISA in focus The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report has identified the top performing students in a range of subjects. These “academic all-rounders” scored the highest proficiency at Level 5 or 6 in reading, mathematics and science assessments. Across OECD countries 4.1% of students are…
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Girls’ motivation for science (Spearman & Watt, 2013)

Classroom environments influence student academic outcomes. Pianta and colleagues (2008) summarised three classroom environment constituents: emotional support, classroom organisation and instructional support which influence the behavioural, emotional and cognitive engagement of students (Spearman & Watt, 2013, p. 2). There are often large variations in how students perceive classroom environments. Variations…
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Mathematics and gender: is maths the key to a high powered career?

Joensen and Nielsen (2013) explored whether gender differences in mathematics qualifications explained “a substantial part of the gender gap in wages and in career outcomes more broadly” (p. 2). Previously these researchers had found that “the gender earnings gap is substantial (34%) and one-fifth of this gap evaporates when accounting…
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