ERIC Number: ED417125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Separated by Sex: A Critical Look at Single-Sex Education for Girls.
Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Naval Applications and Analysis Div.
This report summarizes the discussion and conclusions of an educational roundtable examining the collected research on K-12 single-sex education produced over more than two decades. The one day roundtable generated many points of disagreement and several profound unanswered questions. Nonetheless, there was consensus on a series of statements. These included: (1) there is no evidence that single-sex education in general "works" or is "better" than coeducation; (2) no matter whether in a coed or a single-sex setting, educators and policymakers need to work further to identify the components of a "good education"; (3) single-sex educational programs produce positive results for some students in some settings; (4) the long-term impact of single-sex education on girls or boys is unknown; (5) no learning environment, single-sex or coed, provides a sure escape from sexism; and (6) single-sex education covers so broad a gamut as to defy most generalizations. The volume also presents a literature review by Pamela Haag and four roundtable papers: "Is Single-Sex Secondary Schooling a Solution to the Problem of Gender Inequality" (Valerie E. Lee); "The Future of Single-Sex Schools" (Cornelius Riordan); "What's Sex Got to Do with It? Simplistic Questions, Complex Answers" (Patricia A. Campbell; Ellen Wahl); and "The Contexts of Single-Sex Classes" (Diane S. Pollard). Each paper contains references. Appendixes include materials prepared for and distributed at the AAUW Educational Foundation's Single Sex Roundtable in November 1997.
Descriptors: Coeducation, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Homogeneous Grouping, Literature Reviews, Males, Private Schools, School Effectiveness, Sex Differences, Sexual Harassment, Single Sex Schools, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Naval Applications and Analysis Div.