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].


Single-sex fitness classes for girls: ‘It doesn’t seem like PE and I love it’ (Timken, McNamee & Coste, 2019)

January 2020

A US study seeking to increase adolescent girls’ physical activity at school has found that a single-gender health club approach combining gym work with yoga, Pilates, aerobic dance and other activities resulted in a positive response from participants with one girl declaring, ‘It doesn’t seem like PE and I love…

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Helicopter parenting and psychological adjustment (Lee & Kang, 2018)

January 2020

A Korean study by Lee and Kang examining the association between helicopter parenting and psychological adjustment in young adults has found that higher levels of helicopter parenting are linked to increases in depressive symptoms (Lee & Kang, 2018, p. 3672). ‘Helicopter parenting’ refers to a parenting style in which parents…

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Influential factors on academic performance in single-sex and co-educational systems (Priyadarshani, 2018)

January 2020

A 2016 study found that male and female students from single-sex schools in Colombo, Sri Lanka outperformed co-educational students in five General Certificate of Education (O-level) examinations, irrespective of the subject. K.L.G. Priyadarshani’s 2018 follow-up study then sought to investigate the reasons underlying the higher academic performance of single-sex schools…

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Alliance research guide on bullying and cyberbullying (2019)

November 2019

Bullying and cyberbullying are some of the most challenging issues facing schools today, with the advent of digital devices and social media expanding bullying far beyond the traditional school gate. Students are dealing not only with face-to-face verbal and physical bullying, but also with the online posting of a wide…

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Can girls wear shorts and trousers too? (Cohen Woods & Laattoe, 2019)

October 2019

A report by Flinders University academics Sarah Cohen Woods and Rachel Laattoe has examined the adherence of public schools to the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) dress code requiring flexible uniform options, regardless of gender, and compares girls’ uniform options in public and private schools (Cohen…

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Tracking gender stereotypes in kindergarten (Meland & Kaltvedt, 2019)

July 2019

Norwegian researchers have found that kindergarten staff contribute to upholding traditional gender stereotypes, treating girls and boys differently, despite the Norwegian Gender Equality Act requiring kindergartens and schools to focus on equality and avoid gender stereotyping. In contrast, the study found that kindergarten-age girls and boys challenge prevailing gender structures…

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