Girls in class ‘help boys im­prove’

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By ALI­SON KER­SHAW

Hav­ing more girls in the class­room could help boost boys’ re­sults, a study has found.

It sug­gests that boys’ per­for­mance in read­ing is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter in schools where the ma­jor­ity of pupils were fe­male.

The study, pub­lished by Tay­lor & Fran­cis in the School Ef­fec­tive­ness and School Im­prove­ment jour­nal, ana- lysed the read­ing scores of more than 200,000 15-yearolds in mixed-sex schools around the world who took part in the 2009 Pro­gramme for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent As­sess­ment tests.

Re­searchers found that schools with more than 60 per cent girls, a large pro­por­tion of stu­dents with highly ed­u­cated par­ents and a large pro­por­tion of col­lege-ed­u­cated teach­ers had higher scor­ing stu­dents on the read­ing test.

“Boys par­tic­u­larly seemed to be pos­i­tively af­fected by a high pro­por­tion of fe­male stu­dents in a school,” the study says.

Char­ac­ter­is­tics more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with fe­male pupils, such as higher con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and mo­ti­va­tion to per­form well, may help to ex­plain their pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in class, the re­searchers sug­gest. The study noted the pro­por­tion of highly ed­u­cated teach­ers did not ben­e­fit boys more than girls.

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