The purpose of the study is to compare the achievement of students when place in single gender groups.
In class observations
Previous Research “All-female Classes in High School Computer Science: Positive Effects in Three Years of Data” GAIL CROMBIE TRACY ABARBANEL, ANNE TRINNEER School of Psychology, University of Ottawa
Three year study to assess the affects of females in all girl classrooms and in mixed-gender classrooms.
Females from all-female classes reported higher levels of perceived teacher support, confidence, and future academic and occupational intentions than did females from mixed-gender classes.
Females from all-female classes reported levels as high as those reported by males on perceived teacher support, whereas males reported higher levels than did females from mixed-gender classes on perceived teacher support, confidence, intrinsic value, and future intentions
“ Males enjoy working with females because it gives them something to do. We probably would be more focused on our work if we were with only boys but, you know, we want to impress the other people. We are in middle school, all we care about is clothes and shoes and who’s going out with who.”
Overall consensus of male students:
“ The boys act really sill and they want the girls to do all the work and they get the credit. But the boys are fun and it would be ‘madd’ boring if we with only girls.”
Students received 5 lessons on the earth-moon system. The lessons were identical and students were required to work in groups to complete various tasks (i.e. building a model, making inferences, analyzing experimental results).