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]

Single-sex schooling and girls’ achievement in Australia (Dix, 2018)

At the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Biennial Conference in Adelaide in May 2018, Dr Katherine Dix from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) presented a paper analysing girls’ achievement in numeracy and literacy, using data from PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS and NAPLAN. Dr Dix discussed the relationships between student…

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The effects of single-sex versus co-educational physical education classes (Vargos, 2017)

A recent American thesis explores the link between single-sex and co-educational physical education (PE) classes and their effect on junior high school physical activity levels and self-competence, concluding that while girls participated less actively in co-ed PE classes than in single-sex classes (as measured by heart beats per minute) (Vargos,…

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New Australian guidelines for the care of transgender children and teens (2018)

Australian researchers have issued new national guidelines for the care of transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents, emphasising individual care and support; using respectful and affirming language, including a young person’s preferred name and pronouns; avoiding causing harm; considering socio-cultural factors; and considering legal requirements. The new guidelines can…

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Boys and girls facing body dissatisfaction (Biolcati et al., 2016)

A study by Italian researchers investigating body modification behaviours (including eating problems, attitudes towards cosmetic surgery, body art, and physical activity) has found that girls feel more pressure to conform to aesthetic ideals and are more dissatisfied with their bodies than boys (pp. 1, 9). The study also found that…

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