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)

Girls-only classes provide benefits beyond academic achievement in middle school

An American study has concluded that during the critical middle school years when girls are struggling with social interactions relating to adolescence, all-girl classes may provide non-academic benefits that help girls through this transition period. Laura Hart’s study took place over three years within a co-educational middle school, with three successive cohorts of sixth grade…


Girls scared away from science by sexist banter at co-ed schools

A new report by Britain’s Institute of Physics has found that co-educational schools need to do more to tackle sexist banter and attitudes that discourage girls from pursuing careers in science. While the Opening Doors report found that all schools had policies to counter racist, sexist and homophobic language, sexist language was often dismissed as “harmless banter” though “many of…


Parenting Today, by Dr Judith Locke (book extract)

In an exclusive for In Alliance magazine, Dr Judith Locke has adapted an extract from her recently published book for parents, The Bonsai Child, which discusses modern parenting trends and the harm that extreme levels of parental care and protection can have on children, adolescents and young adults.


Mothers have higher hopes for daughters than sons

A report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) says that mothers have higher hopes for their daughters than their sons, with 72% expecting their daughter to get a university degree, compared with 56% who expect their son to get a degree and 24% who expect that he will pursue a trade…


Two-thirds of students planning careers that won’t exist in the future

A report by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has found that 58% of students, including 71% of vocational students, are preparing for careers where at least two-thirds of jobs will be automated or disappear completely in the coming decades. In addition to machines taking over jobs that humans currently perform, globalisation and collaboration – both…


Changes in education and labour market outcomes for women

The release of this year’s HILDA survey by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research outlines dramatic changes in educational and labour market outcomes for women over the past fifty years. Whereas 63% of women currently aged 65 and over did not progress past Year 11 at school,…

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