Girls help boys’ study

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

BOYS do bet­ter at school when there are more girls in the class, a study has found.

Their read­ing im­proves when they are out­num­bered by the op­po­site sex, with the strong­est ef­fect seen when classes are 60 per cent fe­male.

The find­ings, based on a study of 200,000 15-year-olds from mixed-sex schools around the world, sug­gest girls’ higher lev­els of con­cen­tra­tion and greater mo­ti­va­tion may pro­vide a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on their male class­mates.

Lead au­thor Dr Mar­griet van Hek, of Utrecht Uni­ver­sity in Hol­land, said schools could lift boys’ per­for­mance by en­sur­ing a “bal­anced gen­der dis­tri­bu­tion”. The re­search was pub­lished in School Ef­fec­tive­ness and School Im­prove­ment.

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