How does the single-gender classroom affect students, and what kinds of benefit dose it have?How does the single-gender classroom affect students, and what kinds of benefit dose it have?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It really depends on the children.  I think having a mix of sexes helps for diversification, but some kids concentrate better amongst only their own.  In single sex schools, there is more of a focus because everyone there is the same.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There are lots of studies out there showing that single-sex classrooms promote greater student success. In my school, I think this would work better for the girls than the boys. One reason: many of the girls in my classes seem more interested in what the boys think than what other girls think. By the same token, many of the boys feed off of each other. They're more interested in what the other guys think.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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According to studies by Cambridge University, UK and Stetson University of Florida, which are reported by the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE), single-gender classrooms affect students well on academic progress, which is the depth of their education. In addition, single-sex classrooms affect students well on subjects chosen for study, which is the breadth fo their education.

In studies on the depth of education, results show that in coed classrooms boys test at about 37 percent proficiency in academic subjects whereas boys test at about 79 percent proficiency in academic subjects in single-sex classrooms. Girls in coed classrooms test at 59 percent proficiency in academic subjects whereas girls in single-sex classrooms test at 86 percent proficiency in academic subjects. In 2008, Professor Kathy Piechura-Couture of Stetson University, reported 55 percent for coed classroom boys and 85 percent for single-sex classroom boys on the FACT. Cambridge University found in a four-year study that single-sex classrooms led to greater proficiency for boys in English and foreign language while single-sex classrooms led to greater proficiency in maths and science for girls.

Studies show that in breadth of education, boys in single-sex classrooms and schools are more than twice as likely to choose to study foreign languages and the arts, such as drama, music and fine art. Girls in single-sex classrooms and schools are more likely to study scientific and technological subjects such as physics, maths and computer science. In addition, The National Foundation for Education Research of England found that in 2,954 high school students studied both girls and boys had greater educational advancement in single-sex schools than those in coed schools and confirmed the trend among boys and girls to take a broader range of subjects rather than clinging to gender stereotyped subjects.

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william1941 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Your question is one that no body here can give a yes or a no answer to. You will find more shades of gray, which you have to interpret.

There are some who consider single gender classrooms as ones where students pay more attention to academics instead of trying to show how cool they are and attracting the attention of the opposite sex.

Others say that same sex classes do not allow boys and girls to accept each other as colleagues and instead members of the opposite sex are restricted to being seen as people you have dates with. This is not something that would lead to women being treated with the equality and respect they deserve later in life.

Single gender classrooms have their set of advantages and disadvantages. If these could be managed properly to provide all the benefits of each and eliminate the drawbacks it would be perfect.

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