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.

Library access and membership:

Free library membership and access is available for all staff of Alliance member schools, simply complete the access request form to receive your personalised login.

Annual library subscription for non-Alliance members costs AUD550


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

A comparison of outcomes for girls from single-sex and co-educational schools using PISA data (MMG, 2020)

A report analysing Australian and New Zealand PISA data from 2015 and 2018 reveals that girls attending single-sex schools outperformed girls from co-educational schools on academic measures of science, mathematics and reading. Students from girls’ schools also reported higher academic aspirations, more adaptive and flexible teachers, stronger feelings of school…

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Sexualised gender stereotypes predict girls’ academic self-efficacy and motivation (Spears Brown, 2019)

A 2019 study by Professor Christia Spears Brown from the University of Kentucky has concluded that by Grade 7, “boys and girls perceive girls’ sexualized attractiveness to be incompatible with intelligence and competence”. Furthermore, girls who endorsed sexualised gender stereotypes in Grade 7 had lower levels of academic self-efficacy and…

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Gendered practices in sport (Schmitt, Atencio & Sempé, 2020)

A study of the gendered nature of mixed-sex sailing programs for school students aged 14-18 in France and the United States concluded that “young men were viewed as being more legitimate participants and regularly took up the role of lead skipper — young women were considered secondary participants and were…

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Alliance research guide on boarding (2020)

In recent years, boarding schools in Australia, New Zealand and around the world have seen a period of transformation with many incorporating weekly boarding, flexible boarding and/or evening study and activity programs to accommodate increasingly busy professional families and their children. Boarding schools have also seen an increasing emphasis on…

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