Single-sex classes in a Queensland primary school: An evaluation of outcomes

Gilmore, Linda, Patton, Wendy, McCrindle, Andrea, & Callum, Lee (2002) Single-sex classes in a Queensland primary school: An evaluation of outcomes. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 19(1), pp. 49-58.

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Although numerous studies have considered the benefits of single-sex schooling for secondary students, the results have often been inconclusive or inconsistent. Very few studies have considered the effects of single-sex schooling at the primary level. This paper reports a trial of single-sex Year 7 classes at a Queensland primary school. Measures of academic achievement (number facts, spelling, reading, and mathematics) and teachers' reports of children's classroom involvement and motivation were obtained prior to the formation of classes and again at the end of the trial year. Results showed that boys in the single-sex class, who initially displayed lower academic results than all other groups, made significant gains in spelling, reading and mathematics. There were significant differences in children's emotional and behavioural engagement across the trial year, with girls in the mixed-sex class demonstrating reduced scores on these measures compared to children in the other classes.

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ID Code: 12094
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Single, Sex Classes, Academic Achievement, Behavioural and Emotional Engagement
ISSN: 0816-5122
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Board of Educational and Developmental Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 13:38

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