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. 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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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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Women on the Rise: The impact of a single-sex leadership program on the gender gap in school leadership (Clouser, 2018)

An American doctoral study has evaluated the outcomes of a year-long women’s only leadership development program for female teachers working within the independent sector. The study explored women’s perceptions of the effects of the program on their motivations and success in securing school leadership positions, finding a positive impact of…

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Girls’ future – Our future: The Invergowrie Foundation STEM Report (Hobbs et al., 2017)

According to the Invergowrie Foundation STEM Report, Girls’ future — Our future, gendered aspirations and career interests develop early, especially for girls. Long before students receive career advice at school, “most children have already constrained their thinking towards what they see as possible in their lives” (Hobbs, Jakab, Millar, Redman,…

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The role of guidance counsellors and parents in relation to subject choices for students in single-sex secondary schools in Ireland (Murphy, 2017)

An Irish study exploring the decision-making processes of secondary students regarding their subject choices has made several findings, including that gender plays a key role in the availability of subjects that are offered by schools in Ireland. The study also revealed the important role that school guidance counsellors and parents…

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Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in New Zealand children (Ministry of Health, 2018)

The latest survey of child mental health in New Zealand has revealed that about 8 per cent of children aged 3-14 experience “significant” social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This represents an estimated 57,000 children across New Zealand, with the prevalence and nature of difficulties differing across subgroups subgroups (Ministry of…

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Gender differences in emotional competencies in emerging adolescence (Smith et al., 2018)

A Canadian study of emotional competencies in emerging adolescence found significant gender differences, with “girls showing greater emotional competencies than boys”. Emotional competencies — including emotional regulation, empathy, compassion, and the ability to maintain positive relationships — are associated with social, behavioural and academic outcomes. Teachers play an important role…

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