The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 14: Single-Sex Schooling
Many countries have had various combinations and sequences of single- and mixed-gender schooling,1 and from the USA to Japan to Pakistan, it remains a topic of abiding interest.2 The UK, or more specifically English and Northern Irish education, is interesting in having a long history of single-sex education for all age groups, whereas, in the USA, secondary schooling has been largely coeducational, with, until the 1970s, many prominent single-sex colleges. There have been extensive debates everywhere around the relative merits of single-sex and co-educational education at all levels, although it is generally accepted for earlier ages, and the topic certainly arouses strong emotions. This chapter will try to address what there is to be learned from past experience, and for reasons of ...