For Girls Only: Making a Case for Single-Sex Schooling

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SUNY Press, Jan 28, 1999 - Education - 155 pages
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For Girls Only examines research and public policy regarding single-sex schooling, especially girls-only classes in public, coeducational schools. Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, which calls for equal access and participation regardless of gender, educators have attempted to address gender equity issues in schools. Current research on the progress of female students in U.S. public schools suggests that efforts have not sufficiently addressed concerns such as academic under-achievement in the areas of math and science, lower self-esteem from the advent of early adolescence, and vulnerability to sexual harassment. Despite Title IX, some educators have turned to the creation of single-sex classes and programs for female students in order to better address these critical issues. This book examines the longitudinal results of one study, reviews other research, and considers policy implications in conflict with Title IX.
 

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Contents

OnSite Search for Gender Equity
1
Public Policy versus Local Practice
11
A Brief History of GirlsOnly Schooling
25
Recent Research on SingleSex Schooling
35
Profiles of the Schools Teachers and Classes
57
Voices of the Teachers
67
Voices of Girls in the Private School
81
Voices of Girls in Public Coeducational Schools
89
Taking a Step beyond Title IX
107
Appendix A
131
Appendix B
133
Appendix C
135
Appendix D
137
References
145
Index
153
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Janice L. Streitmatter is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is the author of Toward Gender Equity in the Classroom: Everyday Teachers' Beliefs and Practices, also published by SUNY Press.

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