Evans, Hyacinth L.; Johnson, Rosemarie A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Identity and academic achievement in single sex and coed schools in Jamaica
Education and Society
Date of Publication
Examines differences in academic achievement and other outcomes between single sex and coed schools in Jamaica, where for many years, the academic achievement of girls has surpassed that of boys at all levels of the educational system. The data are drawn from a larger study of gender differences in academic achievement at the secondary level. Begins by describing the educational context in Jamaica, outlines some theoretical perspectives on gender differences in educational achievement, and presents a general discussion of single sex and coed schooling. Presents mainly qualitative drama from the study that shows the differences in outcomes between single-sex and coed students on a range of dimensions. Social, historical and in-school factors are cited as the main explanations for these results. Ends with a call for a study of single-sex schools, which are usually described as 'traditional', as well as other schools that are performing well in order to understand the featurs of these schools that lead to their relative effectiveness.....