However, there are opponents to single-gender classrooms, and we will hear what they (and the proponents) have to say about the subject. Averitt College of Graduate Studies, Electronic Theses & Dissertations.
Even though single-gender schooling sounds like a new, innovative concept, it has actually been around since the settlement of the original colonies from England.
The results are mixed, as is often the case in education research.
Two large reviews of single-gender education research found little evidence that boys and girls do better in school, long-term, if they are separated.
“From the last 12 years of research we’ve done, we’ve never had a mixed-gender class statistically outperform a single-gender class,” she said.
“On many occasions we’ve had the single-gender classes outperform the mixed-gender classes.” Advocates say they’ve found girls are more likely to participate in science lessons in single-gender classes, while boys are more likely to try foreign languages, drama and arts.
“We find that single-sex schools produce a higher percentage of graduates who attended four-year colleges and a lower percentage of graduates who attended two-year junior colleges than do coeducational schools,” the study’s authors wrote. We spoke with students in single-gender programs in Tallahassee and Tampa in January.
“The positive effects of single-sex schools remain substantial, even after we take into account various school-level variables, such as teacher quality, the student-teacher ratio, the proportion of students receiving lunch support, and whether the schools are public or private.” Gina Jordan/State Impact Florida These boys are part of the All Male E.
One of the problems with researching single-gender education — which Piechura-Couture concedes– is that it is difficult to design scientifically-sound studies.
Schools can’t randomly assign students to single-gender classes because the law says the programs must be voluntary.