However, some studies, such as that by Coleman (1961), indicated that coeducation had a negative effect on girls’ academic achievement due to the peer pressure to prioritise relations with the opposite sex rather than schoolwork. Those who are in favour of single-sex education not only believe that separating boys and girls, increases students’ achievement and focus but also their academic interest, (Pahlke, Hyde, Allison, 2014). This increased academic interest is important for student motivation and is reflected differently for boys and girls. While an all boys’ school may see an increased interest in the study of languages, an all girls’ school is likely to see an increased interest in subjects such as math and science. (Smyth, 2010) Research by Myra and David Sadker suggests that girls tend to flourish in same-sex settings, while boys' academic performance is unchanged or, in some cases, slightly worse.
In addition to this competitiveness, boys and girls will have the possibility of gaining more confidence if taught in separate environments. It is apparent that boys and girls learn differently from one another. Therefore, the focus should be on how each gender learns in a single-sex school. This emphasis could be more advantageous for higher grades. As Malik argues, “in single-sex schools, the teacher is able to concentrate on the learning styles of each sex and uses variety of pedagogical strategies to bring out the best in each student” (159).
Benefits of Co-ed Schools The topic of effectiveness between single-sex schools and co-ed schools has been an on- going debate throughout the years. Single-sex schools are schools divided by gender rather than being mixed. They are growing more popular as learning is easier without the distraction of the opposite gender which may also result to higher grades and standardized test scores. But there are also negative effects to this style of learning. For one, single gender classes can increase gender stereotype and segregation, along with decreasing student diversity.
Although there is sufficient evidence of a difference between male and female brains, the controversy pertains whether this contrast is a fact of nature or a magnification based upon nurture. Kelley King, Michael Gurian, and Kathy Stevens argue that the difference in learning is a product of nature, thus advocating for a teaching style accommodating gender differences, in an article titled “Gender-Friendly Schools.” They offer many examples of gender brain differences that can have a great effect on the classroom. Girls tend to be good at “deskbound” learning, mainly because their prefrontal cortex is more active allowing them to sit still, have better decision making, and better at learning verbally. Boys on the other hand tend to be quite the opposite. They often are graphic and kinesthetic learners, and are easily bored if the classroom information is not prevalent to survival.
How does gender segregation effect students in school? Many countries believe that separating genders in schools helps to make a better atmosphere and better academically. There are many advantages have been shown for single-sex schooling. It has been shown that the differences of the performance in school subjects can differ from boys to girls, many supporters believe that gender segregation in education helps increase the academic interests. Teachers have been attending training to learn how to teach girls and boy.
Works Cited Bonomo, V. (2010). Gender matters in elementary education: Research-based strategies to meet the distinctive learning needs of boys and girls. Educational Horizons, 88(4), 257-264 Driessen, G., & van Langen, A. (2013). Gender differences in primary and secondary education: Are girls really outperforming boys.
They say that there are inequalities in the school curriculum and show that school is like a patriarchal society where there is gender differences when it comes to subject choices (Cook, 2008). Despite girls performing better than boys in their studies they are still experiencing male dominated culture in the classrooms. However, the liberal feminist fight against the patriarchal systems is by establishing legislations like the Equal Rights Amendments that can help girls to be treated equal as boys. Feminist were successful in identifying gender inequalities in education and they were able to make changes to. For example, today there are more women who have achieved higher grades in their GCSE and A-levels compared to the men and more women are off to university than men.
It has long been debated whether or not boys are falling behind girls in school. Various studies claim that girls are better for the classroom environment because it is simply in their nature or their gender. One study done on the gender adjustment differences on first graders specifically says that, “girls tend to fit more naturally into the student role than do boys. Girls may find it easier than boys to sit for long periods of time and complete projects requiring fine motor skills.” What people fail to remember is that sex and gender aren’t the same. All girls are not going to fit into the role of being better students tha... ... middle of paper ... ...5.
Research shows that parent in the upper class participate more in a student’s educational career. Students with involved parents tend to earn higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, enroll in high-level programs, graduate and go on to a post-secondary education. Post-secondary education is an optional final stage of formal learning that... ... middle of paper ... ... some type of homework, they feel like there forgetting something. Educational inequality is one factor that continues the class divide across generations. Because members of high social classes tend to be better educated, because of their various resources, they have higher incomes and are more likely able to provide educational advantages, for not only themselves, but to their children as well.
It is no secret that, in general, boys and girls differ in their learning styles. Capitalizing on these differences could advance classroom performance. With on-going concerns about student success in school, any changes in the classroom that could increase student achievement should be considered. Recognizing the learning differences between boys and girls, one of the changes that could be instituted is single-gender classrooms. Single-gender classrooms would allow boys and girls to be instructed in a way that is conducive to them.