Single-Sex School Girls Outperform Girls Attending a Co-Educative School in Mental Rotation Accuracy

Titze, Corinna; Jansen, Petra; Heil, Martin
November 2011
Sex Roles;Nov2011, Vol. 65 Issue 9-10, p704
Academic Journal
Do girls attending a single-sex school outperform their same-sex counterparts attending co-educative schools when solving a mental rotation task known to produce substantial gender differences favoring males? In total, 252 German pupils (126 8th/12th graders each) attending single-sex (84 girls) or co-educative (84 boys and girls each) high-schools in North-Rhine Westphalia (west Germany) participated. All pupils completed the 'Mental Rotations Test' (MRT). We found that in grade 12 girls attending a single-sex school outperformed their same-sex counterparts attending co-educational schools. In grade eight no differences between both groups were observed. As expected, the well known gender difference between 12th grade boys and co-educative girls had been found. Expectations as well as possible consequences are discussed.


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