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].


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

November 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)

October 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)

October 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)

October 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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