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April 23, 2009

Research shows advantages of single-sex classes

students.jpgIt has long been recognized that girls do better at maths in single-sex classes than when there are boys in the class as well. New research seems to take this further and show that boys do worse in English when there are girls present. In fact, the research seems to indicate that the more girls there are, the worse the boys do.

The research was carried out at primary schools in Britain by Steven Proud of Bristol University. In his research paper he wrote: 'The results imply that, in primary schools at least, boys would benefit greatly from being taught English in single-sex classes, which would have little effect on girls' outcomes, whilst in maths and science, different policies would benefit boys and girls: boys would be better off in a more-female classroom, whilst girls would be better off in an all-female classroom.'

Other recent British research has indicated that girls in all-female comprehensive schools do better in GCSE exams than in co-educational schools. Another Israeli study seems to suggest that when there is a big proportion of boys in a class, both boys and girls suffer academically.

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