ERIC Number: EJ694984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: 42
A Study of the Effects of School Size and Single-Sex Education in English Schools
Spielhofer, Thomas; Benton, Tom; Schagen, Sandie
Research Papers in Education, v19 n2 p133-159 Jun 2004
National value-added datasets have recently become available that record a pupil's progress from Key Stage 2 right through to GCSE. Such a dataset is clearly a useful tool for assessing the impact various characteristics of secondary schools have on pupil performance. This paper reports on a research project which involved the use of a variety of statistical techniques, including multi-level modelling, to explore the impact of single-sex education and school size on pupils' progress and opportunities. The analysis suggests that single-sex education is particularly beneficial to girls in comprehensive schools and to boys in selective schools. Furthermore, girls' schools were found to counter traditional sex-stereotyping in subject choices. In terms of school size, the results show that medium-sized schools obtain slightly better results than very large or very small schools. The paper concludes by exploring alternative explanations of the identified effects.
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Single Sex Schools, School Size, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Academic Achievement, Womens Education, School Effectiveness, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)