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Do Single-Sex Classes Affect Exam Scores? An Experiment in a Coeducational University

Booth, Alison L and Cardona Sosa, Lina Marcela and Nolen, Patrick J Do Single-Sex Classes Affect Exam Scores? An Experiment in a Coeducational University. [["eprint_typename_scholarly-edition" not defined]]

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Abstract

We examine the effect of single-sex classes on the pass rates, grades, and course choices of students in a coeducational university. We randomly assign students to all-female, all-male, and coed classes and, therefore, get around the selection issues present in other studies on single-sex education. We find that one hour a week of single-sex education benefits females: females are 7% more likely to pass their first year courses and score 10% higher in their required second year classes than their peers attending coeducational classes. We find no effect of single-sex education on the probability that a female will take technical classes and there is no effect of single-sex education for males. Furthermore we are able to examine potential mechanisms driving the single-sex effect for females. We find that the results are consistent with a reduction in stereotype threat for females and are not due to a potential tracking effect.

Item Type: ["eprint_typename_scholarly-edition" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: C91; C92; J16; J33; education; single-sex; experiment; gender
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 12:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 11:50
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12287

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