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ERIC Number: EJ853862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Single-Gender Classrooms
Rex, Jim; Chadwell, David
School Administrator, v66 n8 p28-33 Sep 2009
Public schools are offering more choices because educators increasingly have come to believe that a broader instructional menu brings positive results for everyone involved. The days of parents simply signing up their children at the neighborhood school for a one-size-fits-all curriculum are nearly over. In South Carolina, parents in high-choice school districts can enroll their children today in academic magnet schools, charter schools, Montessori programs and schools with curricula that emphasize the arts, technology or the environment. To offer even more options, the South Carolina General Assembly is building broad bipartisan support for legislation requiring all districts to develop instructional options for students. The catalyst for this legislation was a coordinated push by public school educators. Under this growing umbrella of public school choice, single-gender classes are spreading across the state. Although single-gender education is not a new idea, it exists today in a new format based on new knowledge and spurred by a new sense of urgency. An explosion of research related to gender is exploring the possibility of gender differences in learning styles between male and female students. While new data continue to emerge, teachers can use current information to differentiate instruction within their classrooms. Rather than limiting students because of their sex, teachers in all classrooms--whether co-ed or single-gender--can implement lessons that better meet the needs of students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina