Are Girls the Problem? Co-Educational Revisted

Year: 1986

Author: Gray, Anne

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

As part of the quest for equity in education special programs have Seen designed in recent years to foster a non-sexist environment and provide equal opportunities for girls. Yet there has been little real change in outcomes. Consequently demands have recently come for the establishment of single-sex classes for certain subjects in co-educational schools. However, questions concerning the most appropriate forms of schooling for girls remain largely unanswered.

This paper reviews theory, research, action and outcomes in the area of co-educational and single sex schooling; and then explores whether girls themselves are the major impediment to securing for them equality of educational outcomes.