Single Sex Education Literature Review

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Introduction This chapter looks at the existing literature on the subject of study. It analyses the ideas and arguments of past researchers and theorists. This literature review highlights progressive theories of the role of gender composition in education put forward by educationists and social theorists. The chapter majorly looks at literature that supports single-sex education in light of improved academic performance among girls. The literature review also points out weaknesses and gaps in the various studies. This literature review will help to answer the research questions by giving a solid base for review and analyses. There has been a rapid shift in the education of women in many countries including the United States of America. Historically, there has been an underrepresentation of women in various science fields across the US (Aukrust, 2011). Quite a number of countries including New Zealand, Australia and Ireland have a sizable number of single-sex schools. There are very few women in the fields of engineering, mathematics and technology. This issue has raised much controversy…show more content…
Teachers respond differently to boys and girls when asked questions or when confronting a mistake. For example, studies show that teachers may favour males in subjects such as mathematics and physics (Banks, & Banks, 2010). On the other hand, the studies show that sometimes teachers over-protect girls in issues where boys could face severe punishment. Single sex schools provide good environments for the correct match between teachers and students. Studies show that girls and boys respond differently to different teachers and different subjects (Aukrust, 2011). The theory of student-teacher mismatch has been used by many researchers to explain poor performances in mathematics among girls and languages among

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