2014

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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Gender similarities and differences (Hyde, 2014)

In a 2014 review, Janet Shibley Hyde summarised the major theories supporting gender difference. She reviewed the literature on gender differences in cognitive performance, personality and social behaviour, and psychological wellbeing, using meta-analyses wherever possible. Hyde employed the gender similarity hypothesis, which “states that males and females are similar on…
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Swedish & Spanish research strengthens link between physical activity and academic performance (2014)

With concern rising about declining levels of physical fitness and increasing levels of obesity around the world, researchers are currently examining the link between physical activity and academic performance in young people. Previous studies have shown that school-based exercise improves physical fitness, body composition, bone mass and insulin sensitivity, as…
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“Ugly parent syndrome” turns kids off sport

Recent media coverage has highlighted the growing problem of ugly incidents at weekend sport caused by pushy parents criticising and yelling abuse from the sidelines at opposing players, coaches and referees. Far from helping, however, pushy parents may be turning their child off sport altogether. Multiple academic studies have shown…
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Study shows impact of mother’s income and political views on a shift in the Australian education landscape

A recent article in the Australian newspaper by John Black, former Labor senator and now Chief Executive of demographic profiling company Australian Development Strategies (ADS), has detailed significant shifts in the education landscape since the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2007-2008. Modelling by ADS shows that since the GFC there has been…
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Teen dystopias: psychology, gender and social change

Teen dystopias—futuristic stories in which teenagers battle to the overcome dark forces engulfing their world—are “popular culture’s latest obsession” but, as asked by journalist Rosemary Neill in the Weekend Australian recently, what does it all mean and what is the psychology behind their success? The breakthrough movie of the teen dystopia genre, The…
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Helping or hovering? The (unintended) consequences of helicopter parenting (Schiffrin et al., 2014)

Researchers based at the Department of Psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Vermont set out to examine previously asserted links between over-controlling parenting, or ‘helicopter parenting’, and higher levels of child anxiety, depression and dissatisfaction with life (Schiffrin, Liss, Miles-McLean, Geary, Erchull & Tashner, 2014, p. 548). Researchers…
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What inspires Australian girls to become engineers?

Focus groups conducted earlier this year by ACER as part of the Australian Workplace and Productivity Agency’s national study exploring Australia’s engineering workforce found that, overall, female engineers reported positive education experiences, often describing studying engineering at university as “awesome”. A single-sex education was also highlighted as an important factor…
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