Single Gender Education - Why? (page 2)

By — Gender Differences Special Edition Contributor
Updated on May 17, 2010

The Next Step

Continued research and investigation into single gender education is necessary before any definitive conclusion can be stated. The vast majority of research even within the last 10 years has focused on parochial, private or international environments. These settings do not mirror the public school population. Therefore, the findings of these outdated pieces of research cannot be accurately generalized to the diverse public school population. More qualitative and quantitative research is needed, but in order to accurately generalize findings, public school populations must be used in the research effort.


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Katherine Bradley is a doctoral student in Mercer University’s Educational Leadership Ph.D. program. Her current research and dissertation focuses on single gender education as it’s impact on academic achievement, discipline referral rates and attendance for primary school students.

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