2018

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 over 400 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.

Access is restricted to member schools. For more information or member access, please contact Loren Bridge (t) +61 7 5521 0749 (e) [email protected]

Switching on and off from mathematics: Disengagement of boys and girls in middle and high school (Collie et al., 2018)

An Australian study of mathematics aspirations and disengagement has found that while girls and boys start middle school with similar levels of disengagement, boys have more positive aspirations over time, and therefore there is a need to promote mathematics aspirations in girls (Collie, Martin, Bobis, Way & Anderson, 2018, p.…

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Does taking an educational psychology course reduce belief in neuromyths? (Im et al., 2018)

An American-Korean study of neuromyths believed by educators — such as that right-hemisphere learners are more creative than left-hemisphere learners, and that it has been scientifically proven that fatty acid supplements (omega-3 and omega-6) have a positive effect on academic achievement — has found that pre-service primary school teachers in…

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Alliance research guide on helicopter parenting (2018)

Helicopter parenting (also called overparenting, overprotective parenting or controlling parenting) is a topic of great concern to today’s schools with parents becoming increasingly involved in every aspect of their child’s life, including their academic work, extracurricular activities and friendship issues. It is not uncommon for schools to report parents contacting…

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Gender differences in attitudes of secondary school students towards doing research and design activities (Vossen et al., 2018)

A Dutch study investigating the recently introduced O&O (research and design) subject, in which students perform authentic research and design projects related to STEM disciplines, has found significant gender differences with girls not undertaking the O&O subject reporting significantly higher levels of anxiety and being more like to describe research…

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Friendship selection: Differences between single-sex and mixed-sex contexts (Dijkstra & Berger, 2018)

A study of friendship selection and its effects on behaviour in young people in Chile has compared all-male, all-female and mixed-sex classrooms, finding that prosocial behaviour (actions intended to benefit others, such as helping, sharing, cooperating) increase with the number of nominations as best friend in all-male, and particularly in…

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Teacher-student relationships and parental involvement in upper secondary school (Krane & Klevan, 2018)

A Norwegian study has found that a flexible and dynamic relationship between teachers, students and parents is crucial to promoting student wellbeing at school. A positive relationship between all three parties “may promote student achievement, and mental health, helping them to thrive in school”. Researchers Vibeke Krane and Trude Klevan…

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