New Research

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. If you have any suggestions for research topics or feedback on our research collateral, please contact our Research Officer, Jan Richardson (e) [email protected].

Access to some areas listed below is restricted to member schools. For more information or member access, please contact Loren Bridge (t) +61 7 55210749 (e) [email protected].


The effects of all-girls education in the transition to university (Riggers-Piehl et al., 2018)

February 2019

A University of California, Los Angles (UCLA) study of nearly 6,000 incoming female university students has found that graduates of all-girl schools are more likely to show higher levels of science self-confidence, consider themselves critical thinkers, score higher on measures of academic habits of mind, and demonstrate stronger study habits…

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Gender expression, violence and bullying victimisation (Gordon et al., 2018)

January 2019

An American study exploring the association between gender expression and school-based bullying has revealed that violence, victimisation and discrimination within the school environment is strongly patterned by students’ conformity and non-conformity to societal gender norms. The authors provide recommendations that call for school-based programs to give greater attention to gender…

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Role of gender in subjects, university degrees and occupational choices (Tran, 2017)

January 2019

An Australian study has found that single-sex environments have a positive impact on girls through encouraging them to take more male-dominated subjects and university degrees than girls in co-educational schools. The study author, Kieu My Tran, found that, overall, girls’ demand for male-dominated degrees is less responsive than boys’ to…

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

November 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)

November 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)

November 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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The role of school type in explaining student subject choices (Anders et al., 2018)

November 2018

A British study of student subject choices at government schools has found that academic attainment, socioeconomic background and gender mix exert powerful influences on the selection of academically selective subjects. In terms of gender, boys are less likely to study academically selective subjects than girls, although boys and girls from…

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