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’ 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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Physics teachers hand out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys

Research published in the International Journal of Science Education has found that inexperienced physics teachers handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for exactly the same answer on a physics exam question. Researcher Sarah Hofer from ETH Zurich provided 780 physics teachers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria with a question…
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Gender, competitiveness and career choices (Buser et al., 2014)

Thomas Buser, Muriel Niederle and Hessel Oosterbeek (2014, p. 1409) examined differences in the academic “tracks” chosen by students in the Netherlands where students in the third year of high school (age 15) are required to choose between four study tracks: science, health, social sciences and humanities. The researchers write…
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Understanding the gender gap in science and engineering: Evidence from the Chilean college admissions tests (Gandara & Silva, 2015)

Fernanda Gandara and Monica Silva (2015) examined the records of 141,090 Chilean students graduating from high school in 2009 and sitting university entrance admission tests in 2010 to investigate gender differences in science achievement and interest in pursuing a science degree. They found that girls attending single-sex schools demonstrate a higher interest…
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Teenage girls’ views on cosmetic surgery

A British study of teenage girls aged 15-18 years on cosmetic surgery has found that girls think that the media plays a large role in normalising and glamorising cosmetic surgery while ignoring or underplaying the risks associated with surgery. Researchers Eleni-Marina Ashikali, Helga Dittmar and Susan Ayers found that, despite…
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