Evans, Hyacinth L.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Institute of Education
Streaming and its effects on boys and girls in secondary schools in Jamaica
Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean
Date of Publication
Reports results of research on the effects of streamlining on boys and girls in secondary schools in Jamaica. Based on a sample of over 3700 students from all types of secondary schools. There were two aspects to the study -- a survey in which students responded to questionnaires, and a qualitative investigation into school processes and students' sentiments. The study found that girls were more represented in high stream classes, while boys were more represented in low stream classes. Streaming affected academic achievement, students' experiences of school practices such as being beaten or insulted, and student's sense of alienation from school. There were gender differences in all responses with low stream boys most likely to do poorly academically and to experience negative school practices. However, low stream grils were the group most likely to feel alienated from school. Implications of these results for equal opportunity and equal access to knowledge are discussed.....