Study on the nature and perceptions of single-gender education
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The validity of single-gender education is a debated topic within the field of education. Research on best practices is limited. As part of their 'Strategic Vision,' Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado expressed a goal to become a leader in single-gender education. This study seeks to uncover the nature and perceptions of single-gender education at the school as an initial step towards achieving this goal. Surveys and interview were conducted to expose students' and teachers' attitudes and perceptions towards single-gender education. The results indicated primarily positive perceptions and attitudes towards single-gender education from both students and teachers, although there as much variation in the survey data. Girls seemed to have a more positive perception of single-gender education than boys. This action research study showed there is room for improvement in areas of course offerings, school culture, student peer interactions, and teacher professional development related to single-gender education.