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) [email protected]

Exploring single-sex learning as a remedy for social anxieties in female middle school students (Hart, 2016)

Research undertaken by American researcher, Laura Hart, has found that “participation in single-sex programs can help in easing social anxieties girls may experience while in middle school”. Sixth grade girls placed in a single-sex classroom “found the setting to be more supportive than a mixed-sex classroom”. In addition, Hart found…
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Helicopter parenting, autonomy, mental health and wellbeing in female students (Kouros et al., 2017)

An American study has found that helicopter parenting predicts lower levels of wellbeing for female students, but not males, possibly because parents use more controlling behaviours and less autonomy-granting behaviours with their daughters compared with their sons. The study authors, who examined mental health, dysphoria, social anxiety and general wellbeing…
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Talent development and gifted education: Outcomes from a summit of international researchers (Subotnik et al., 2017)

In 2016, leading researchers in talent development and giftedness participated in the inaugural American European Research Summit to examine current research in this field. A key finding of the summit was the existence of a “clear and persistent disconnect” between the complexities of modern scientific conceptions of giftedness and the…
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Overparenting and homework: The student’s task, but everyone’s responsibility (Locke, Kavanagh & Campbell, 2016)

An Australian study has found that parents who become too heavily involved in their child’s homework can hinder their child’s development. Lead researcher, Dr Judith Locke, a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Clinical Psychologist, says that some parents take the notion of assisting with their child’s homework “too far” and…
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