By Bruce Thompson - Jul 18th,
Click HERE for more information! Most of the studies comparing single-sex education with coeducation focus on grades and test scores as the parameters of interest. Before we look at those studies, we want you to consider another variable altogether: Girls in all-girls schools are more likely to study subjects such as advanced math, computer science, and physics.
Boys in all-boys schools are more than twice as likely to study subjects such as foreign languages, art, music, and drama. Those boys might not get better grades in those subjects than comparable boys get in more gender-typical subjects.
Studies which focus only on grades and test scores won't detect any difference in outcome. For more about benefits beyond grades and test scores, see the advantages for girls page and the advantages for boys page.
Returning to grades and test scores: There are three categories of evidence: Major nationwide studiesinvolving tens or hundreds of thousands of students, in countries such as Australia or the United Kingdom where single-sex public education is widely available; 2.
Because these studies usually involve no change in resources -- the facilities and student-teacher ratios are the same before and after the switch -- the school serves as its own control; 3. Academic studiesin which investigators study coed and single-sex schools while attempting to control for extraneous variables First category of evidence: EnglandAustraliaJamaica England, July The National Foundation for Educational Research was commissioned to study the effect of school size and school type single-sex vs.
The Foundation studied 2, high schools throughout England, where single-sex public high schools are widely available. They released their report on July 8 Even after controlling for students' academic ability and other background factors, both girls and boys did significantly better in single-sex schools than in coed schools.
In this age group senior high schoolthe benefits were larger and more consistent across the board for girls than for boys. Specifically, girls at all levels of academic ability did better in single-sex schools than in coed schools; whereas for boys, the beneficial effect of single-sex schools was significant only for boys at the lower end of the ability scale.
For higher-achieving boys, there was no statistically significant effect of school type on performance, positive or negative. Remember, though, that this study only examined students in grades 9 through 12; other evidence [see below] suggests that single-sex education is most effective for boys in kindergarten and elementary school.
Girls at single-sex schools were more likely to take non-traditional courses -- courses which run against gender stereotypes -- such as advanced math and physics.
The researchers concluded that girls' schools are "helping to counter rather than reinforce the distinctions between 'girls' subjects' such as English and foreign languages and 'boys' subjects' such as physics and computer science" p.
No such effect was seen for boys: Schools of medium size about students per grade seemed to do best. At smaller schools, there was a lack of course offerings especially at the advanced levels. At much larger schools, student performance appeared to suffer.
A large Australian study, Their analysis, based on six years of study of overstudents, in 53 academic subjects, demonstrated that both boys and girls who were educated in single-sex classrooms scored on average 15 to 22 percentile ranks higher than did boys and girls in coeducational settings.
The report also documented that "boys and girls in single-sex schools were more likely to be better behaved and to find learning more enjoyable and the curriculum more relevant. Curiously, late in all trace of this study was purged from the ACER web site.
However, the ACER's own press release describing the study is still available at this link from archive. Some critics used to argue that single-sex public schools attract children from more affluent families. These critics suggested that the superior performance of students in single-sex schools may be due to the higher socioeconomic class from which such students are purportedly recruited, rather than the single-sex character of the school itself.
However, both the ACER study in Australia just mentioned, and the Foundation study mentioned at the top of the page, both found no evidence to support that hypothesis. In the United States, Cornelius Riordan has shown that girls who attend single-sex Catholic schools typically come from a lower socioeconomic background than girls who attend coed Catholic schools.
Among boys, Professor Riordan found no difference in socioeconomic status. They examined test results from public schools, single-sex and coeducational. OFSTED found that the superior performance of students in single-sex schools cannot be accounted for by socioeconomic factors, but appears instead to be a direct result of single-sex education.
They also found that students in single-sex schools have a significantly more positive attitude toward learning. The Foundation study, which suggests that single-sex education is more beneficial for girls than for boys, is somewhat at variance with an earlier study which suggested that single-sex education was more beneficial for boys than for girls.
Educator Graham Able published a study of student performance in 30 coeducational and single-sex schools in England. Able's study documented superior academic performance of students in single-sex schools, after controlling for socioeconomic class and other variables.
This mythology has never been supported by any objective evidence, and any policy derived from it must presumably sacrifice the advantages to one sex in order to promote the cause of the other," he wrote.A lot of controversy has been raised over public schooling versus private schooling.
Much debate has been made about the advantages and disadvantages of public and private schools. There are six areas in which one can compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of public and private schools.
There are six areas in which one can compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of public and private schools: curriculum, athletics, cost, admissions, teachers, and discipline. First, the curriculum in both public and private schools are similar because the state sets standards of what should be taught in the classroom.
Meet with Victoria (and BC's) top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Vancouver Private School Expo in November. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.
Provincial grants for private school tuition. Private versus public! It’s a debate that rages across the playgrounds and living rooms of America.
In fact, according to a GreatSchools and Harris Interactive poll, nearly one in four parents are currently considering switching their child’s school either from private to public or . The Edgewood Independent School District struggled to raise money to finance its schools through tax revenues because its generally poor population provided a weak tax base.
As a result, the quality of the instructors, facilities, and equipment at its schools fell well short of the standards met by. By this measure, on average charter schools have the best performance, MPS conventional schools the worst, with vouchers falling in the middle.