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Do students who attend single-gender schools exhibit stronger gender bias in adulthood?

Source: sasint

 

A short introduction into the question as to whether boys who attend all boy schools/colleges and girls who attend all-girl schools/colleges exhibit stronger gender bias in adulthood.

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https://news.ku.edu/2014/09/16/study-shows-single-gender-schools-based-idea-differences-boys-girls-brains-may-lead

This was actually more a study on teachers, but the students would more than likely absorb some of that mentality from the teachers.

You may also find this interesting: https://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/05/15/explaining-the-research-on-single-gender-classes/

begonetoxipeople

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From the first linked article:

> They found that teachers largely embrace the idea that differences in boys’ and girls’ brains affect the way they learn. Neuroscience research fails to support that claim.

That’s a pretty sweeping claim.

Here’s one dramatic way boys tend to ‘learn differently’ than girls: boys in classrooms with girls are much more likely to care about impressing girls than girls in classrooms with girls are to care about impressing girls (or at least, impressing in different ways).

Anyway, let’s look at their identification strategy:

> they surveyed parents, teachers, and students at both an all-girls school in the southwestern United States as well as parents, teachers, and students from co-ed schools in the same district.

Oh. They just compared surveys from an all-girls school and some coed schools. The holy grail of research.

> cites the debunked claims of brain differences

Dumb dumb dumb. Do there exist differences in brain structure between men and women? Absolutely. But this question should not be confused with a different one: do the differences in brain structure cause the observed differences in outcomes (or, more to the point, would these differences in brain structure cause differences in outcomes in a hypothetical world where men and women were treated equally)? For some unfathomable reason, some people who want to say ‘no’ to the second question (a not unreasonable position) feel compelled to also say ‘no’ to the former (a very stupid thing to say).

While I find the research in the first link unconvincing, here’s a paper showing test-score gains for both boys and girls caused by sex-segregated education (it actually has a strategy for causal identification!):

https://www.ipr.northwestern.edu/publications/docs/workingpapers/2016/WP-16-23.pdf

NellucEcon

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I don’t know if you have access to Science Magazine but this article reviews a couple of the findings that show increased gender bias: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/333/6050/1706

(Important to note that the authors are from an organization that advocates for coed schooling.)

kim-possible

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Just want to point out that there is likely a difference in alumni gender bias between all men’s colleges and all women’s colleges. (Because women’s colleges are different in that they’re meant to counteract women’s oppression and supply female leadership skills and role-models in male-dominated fields.)

Here’s some relevant research on women’s colleges: https://www2.ed.gov/pubs/WomensColleges/chap3fin.html

noeinan

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