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ERIC Number: EJ1068324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Academic Attitudes and Achievement in Students of Urban Public Single-Sex and Mixed-Sex High Schools
Else-Quest, Nicole M.; Peterca, Oana
American Educational Research Journal, v52 n4 p693-718 Aug 2015
Publicly funded single-sex schooling (SSS) has proliferated in recent years and is touted as a remedy to gaps in academic attitudes and achievement, particularly for low-income students of color. Research on SSS is rife with limitations, stemming from selective admissions processes, selection effects related to socioeconomic status, a lack of ethnic diversity among students, and a neglect of boys' schools. Addressing those concerns, the current study is a quasi-experimental investigation of the academic attitudes and achievement among 11th-grade low-income students of color enrolled in nonselective, urban neighborhood public single-sex and mixed-sex high schools. Students in SSS reported significantly more negative attitudes about English/reading compared to students in mixed-sex schools (MSS), while there were no differences in math or science attitudes. Data from standardized tests indicate that SSS was associated with poorer achievement among boys in reading and math but higher achievement among girls on math, science, reading, and writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 11
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL 0910108/1153678