New Research

Providing current research to our members is a strategic priority for the Alliance. We deliver access to valuable resources and analysis 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 Manager, Suzanne Barry (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].


Influences of single-sex education on non-cognitive student outcomes: Impacts on depression, self-esteem and aspirations (Kim & Kim, 2022)

February 2023

Recent work by Seul-Ki Kim and Young-Chul Kim from the Department of Economics at Sogang University, South Korea, has focussed on non-cognitive student outcomes and the role of single-sex education on these aspects of the student experience. Kim and Kim’s (2022, p. 112) article considers the effects of single-sex schooling…

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Balancing academic pressures: Supporting girls’ mental health (Stentiford, et al., 2021)

November 2022

The focus on mental health concerns for children and young people has been growing since the early 2000s. Researchers from the University of Exeter have drawn together multiple articles addressing girls’ mental health and its relationship to academic achievement in response to the “mental health ‘crisis’ or ‘epidemic’ that is…

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Gender interest stereotypes: An under considered impact on gender disparity in computer science and engineering (Master et al., 2021)

November 2022

There is a societal stereotype that suggests girls are less interested in computer science and engineering compared to boys. Researchers from the Universities of Houston and Washington in the United State of America (USA) have undertaken a project to investigate the impact of these gender interest stereotypes on girls and…

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Supporting girls’ decision making: Risk taking behaviours in adolescent friendship groups (Flouri et al., 2022)

November 2022

Eirini Flouri, Efstathios Papachristou and Heather Joshi (2022, p. 343) from the University College of London Institute of Education have undertaken a study to question if “adolescents’ style of decision-making is related to the sex composition of their friendship groups”. Peer influence in adolescence has received significant attention in research.…

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Parent and caregiver experiences of learning at home (Morse et al., 2022)

October 2022

Researchers from the Australian National University have completed a research study that considered ‘the experiences of home schooling caregivers at multiple time-points during the pandemic’ (Morse et al., 2022, p. 1). This study was based on experiences during school closures that initiated remote learning during 2020 and 2021. Participants in…

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Resilience training and social self-efficacy: Potential benefits for girls (Gadari et al., 2022)

October 2022

With the extent of natural disasters, pandemic, national emergencies and other crises, the risk to children’s mental health has increasingly been addressed by researchers. Shima Gadari, Jamileh Farokhzadian and Parvin Mangolian shahrbabaki (2022) have recently undertaken research into the social self-efficacy of girls as a response to female children’s vulnerability…

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Learning from home during COVID-19? Risk factors and benefits? (Naidoo et al., 2022)

September 2022

Researchers from the School of Education at Western Sydney University have undertaken a study to better understand student experiences of sociality, resilience and agency during online learning. Dominant narratives of online learning experiences during the pandemic focus on ‘vulnerability and losses in learning’ (Naidoo et al., 2022, p. 81). In…

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Empowering girls and young women through education: Improving menstrual literacy and understanding (Roux et al., 2022)

September 2022

The purpose of this research study was to produce an understanding of the need to develop school-based ovulatory-menstrual health literary resources. Felicity Roux, Sharyn Burns, HuiJun Chih and Jacqueline Hendriks (2022), in conjunction with the School of Population Health, Curtin University, Western Australia, have undertaken important research showing the high…

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Disordered eating among female adolescents: A topic of consideration for educators (Chen et al., 2022)

September 2022

This research is a reminder for educators in girls’ schools of the seriousness of disordered eating. While the seriousness of eating disorders in Australia’s youth and adolescents cannot be denied, “[m]any more people experience disordered eating (i.e., behaviours consistent with an eating disorder such as restrictive dieting, binge eating, vomiting,…

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