Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Same sex school advantage?

Each year more than 13,000 kids sit a test for entry into one of NSW's selective schools.

The former psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College will draw on the work of her American Psychological Association colleague, Janet Hyde, who undertook a meta-analysis of 184 studies of more than 1.6 million students from K-12 schools between 1968 and 2013. 

"Proponents of single-sex schools argue that separating boys and girls increases students' achievement and academic interest," Dr Hyde said in the 2014 study. "Our comprehensive analysis of the data shows that these advantages are trivial and, in many cases, nonexistent."

On Wednesday, Professor Halpern will tell the Australian audience that there is no research to show that boys and girls learn differently in the classroom and we need to reconsider the impact of gender biases in single-sex education. 

"We don't have sex segregated workplaces so why would we have sex segregated schools?," she said. 

Meanwhile the Gonskimteam haven't given up yet.....

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