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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Study by research group stirs controversy in Austin school district

Posted: October 7, 2011

A study published last month in a prestigious science journal has focused attention on single-sex schools, including the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin. The study, co-authored by Dr. Rebecca Bigler and researchers with the American Council for CoEducational Schooling, asserts that single-sex schools don't improve student performance any more than coeducational schools, and in fact, increases gender stereotyping and legitimises institutional sexism. Since the Austin school district might open two new single-sex schools next year, the spotlight has caused discomfort for district administrators. Read "Girls schools like Ann Richards scrutinized in academic paper" | Read full study (PDF) | More info at Science web site | Bigler Web Page

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