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. Subscription-only academic research articles, as well as open access articles 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.

With more than 500 research abstracts, including over 160 related to single-sex education, many of which summarise research from subscription-only academic journals, the Alliance Research Library provides an unparalleled source of information on single-sex education for girls.

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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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The effects of single-sex compared with co-educational schooling on students’ performance and attitudes: A meta-analysis (Pahlke et al., 2014)

Erin Pahlke, Janet Hyde and Carlie Allison’s oft-cited 2014 meta-analysis of 184 studies of single-sex schooling found small advantages for students in single-sex education in mathematics and science for girls and boys, and for girls in single-sex education in terms of general school achievement (Pahlke, Hyde & Allison, 2014, pp.…

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Engineering Workforce Study (ACER, 2014)

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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Girls’ participation in STEM in single-sex schools (2014)

In July 2014, Mary Kenny controversially wrote in the Telegraph (UK) that “females, as a whole, are not hugely engaged by science” because it “lacks narrative and story-line”. Furthermore, she argued that: “Women – broadly speaking – are drawn to the human factor: to story, biography, psychology and language.” This…

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Studies on single-sex physical education classes (2010-2014)

The benefits of single-sex schooling for girls stretch beyond the academic. There are distinct advantages for girls who participate in single-sex sport, physical education (PE) and outdoor education groups. This report focuses on just a sample of studies, which establishes these advantages and also demonstrates that girls and educators predominantly…

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Gender differences, gender similarities, intersectionality and “intrinsic aptitude”

In 2005 the then Harvard University President Lawrence Summers gave a speech titled ‘Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce’. In this speech, Summers suggested that the main reason why there are relatively few women in “high-end scientific professions” such as maths, engineering and the physical sciences, is because of “intrinsic…

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