Thursday, September 4, 2014

Single-sex education resources: websites and useful links

Materials on the benefits of single-sex education. Numbers one and two were sponsored by the US government.

1)  Riordan, C., Faddis, B., Beam, M, Seager, A., Tanney, A., DiBiase R., Ruffin M., Valentine, J. (2008). Early Implementation of Public Single-Sex Schools: Perceptions and Characteristics. Washington D.C.

Decreases distractions in learning, Reduces student behavior problems, Provides more leadership opportunities, Promotes a sense of community among students and staff, Improves student self-esteem, Addresses unique learning styles and interests of boys or girls, Decreases sex bias in teacher-student interactions, Improves student achievement, Decreases the academic problems of low achieving students, Reduces sexual harassment among students, Provides more positive student role models, Allows for more opportunities to provide social and moral guidance, Provides choice in public education

2)  Mael, F., Alonso, A., Gibson, G., Rogers, K., & Smith, M., (2005). Single-sex versus Coeducational Schooling: A Systematic Review. Washington D.C.
The results of the systematic review are mixed, though the findings suggest some support for the premise that single-sex schooling can be helpful.
Riordan's summary: The review “finds positive results are three to four times more likely to be found for single sex schools than for coeducational schools in the same study for both academic achievement and socio-emotional development.”

3) Riordan, C. (2009). The Effects of Single Sex Schools: Alced. ArgentinaDiscusses the Systematic Review of Research and states that the effects of Single Sex Schools are greater for at-risk students. Gives theoretical rationales on why SS schools are more effective than Coed schools.

4) Mullins, A. (2005).  Single-sex schooling: comparing the benefits of single-sex education and coeducation. Mercatornet.
Boys and girls are wired to learn in different ways, Most children learn better in a single-sex environment, Single-sex education meets the needs of boys better, Single-sex education meets the needs of girls better, Single-sex education makes greater provision for gender role modeling, Single-sex schooling allows boys and girls to mature at their own pace, Single-sex schooling does not handicap children socially, Single-sex schooling makes it easier to be a good parent. 
5) NASSPE Website (National Association for Single Sex Public Education)
Evidence regarding the effectiveness of gender-separate classrooms: Major nationwide studies, Before and after studies, Academic Studies.
7) Nidoy, R. (2012). Benefits of All-boys and All-girls Schools: Q&A on what the best research says

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