Single-sex Education: What Does Research Tell Us?

September 20, 2010

Revue Fran‡aise de P‚dagogie, No. 171, April/May/June 2010, pp. 47-55

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There has been considerable research and policy debate internationally about whether single-sex schooling yields academic and social advantages for girls and/or boys. This article outlines some of the findings from research on single-sex education conducted in English-speaking countries. In particular, it looks at research on the impact of single-sex schooling on academic achievement, subject take-up, personal and social development, and adult outcomes. In doing so, it attempts to provide a critical perspective on some of the key issues involved in comparing the two settings.