This just in: Boys do better in single sex classes in English, but better in co-ed classes in Math and Science. Or so says a new UK study on boys and learning in school.
According to Jessica Shephard in the Guardian today:
Boys do best with "as few girls as possible" in English lessons at primary and secondary school, Steven Proud, a research student at Bristol University, will tell the Royal Economic Society's conference.What do you think? Have you seen this in school yourself? I am always curious when it comes to gender studies in schools as I think they can be dangerous.
But when it comes to maths and science, both boys and girls at primary school achieve up to a tenth of a grade more when there is a high proportion of girls in the class, Proud found.
What does it really mean to "do better" anyway? Their grades improve, but are they better off for it?
I've never personally taught in a single-sex situation, so I can't judge it from first-hand experience. What about you? If you have, please share your insights below. Even if you haven't, please share!
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