Research Library

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. Academic research 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.

Access is restricted to member schools. For more information or member access, please contact Loren Bridge (t) +61 7 5521 0749 (e) loren.bridge@agsa.org.au

Girls’ academic self-concept in science in single-sex and co-educational classes (Simpson, Che & Bridges, 2015)

Amber Simpson, Megan Che and William Bridges examined whether and how single-sex classes affect adolescents’ attitudes and affect toward science in an American public school setting. Their findings suggest that being enrolled in a single-sex science classroom influences how students perceive their abilities to learn and perform in science, particularly…
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The effect of single-sex education on academic outcomes in Trinidad and Tobago (Jackson, 2016)

In 2010, the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago converted twenty low-performing, co-educational government secondary schools into single-sex schools (Jackson, 2016, p. 1). Associate Professor C. Kirabo Jackson, a labour economist at Northwestern University in the United States, found that after accounting for student selection, there were “large positive…
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Girls’ and boys’ perceptions of maths in the classroom and maths career intentions (Lazarides & Watt, 2015)

Rebecca Lazarides (Technische Universität Berlin) and Professor Helen Watt (Monash University) investigated the effect of teachers’ expectations about students’ ability and mathematics prestige, along with classroom goal orientations and mathematics motivational beliefs, in Year 10 on girl’s and boys’ career intentions in mathematics in Year 11 (Lazarides & Watt, 2015,…
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Girls more likely to catch reading bug from parents than boys

A policy brief by researchers from the American Institutes for Research examines whether parents’ reading attitudes and behaviours are shared by their children, specifically looking at the extent to which children enjoy reading and read frequently for fun. Is reading contagious? Examining parents’ and children’s reading attitudes and behaviors, which…
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Early childhood depression alters brain development

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have found that the brains of children who suffer clinical depression as pre-schoolers develop abnormally, with brain scans revealing less grey matter and a thinner cortex. Furthermore, as reported in ScienceDaily, “the more depressed a child was, the more severe the loss…
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