A Review of Gender-Segregated Classrooms in Public Schools

10 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2012

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David S. Benders

Union College - Educational Studies Unit

Date Written: February 17, 2012


Though single-sex education has been used for many decades in private schools, it is a recent phenomenon within public schools, due largely to additional single-sex regulations in the Title IX amendment revised on November 2006. This report explores recent studies of single-sex classrooms and finds that, though scores remained relatively unchanged within gender-segregated classrooms, girls showed a greater advantage to single-sex schooling than boys. However, both sexes showed notable improvement in both behavior and self-esteem, among other socio-emotional factors. Finally, my research indicated that further research and development of gender-specific curriculum is necessary to continue the growth and improvement of single-sex education. Enough data is collected here to substantiate the benefits of single-sex classrooms.

Keywords: Single-sex classrooms, gender segregation, education, public schools

Suggested Citation

Benders, David S., A Review of Gender-Segregated Classrooms in Public Schools (February 17, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2011781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2011781

David S. Benders (Contact Author)

Union College - Educational Studies Unit ( email )

Barbourville, KY 40906
United States

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