Boys Perform Better At School When They Are Surrounded By Girls – New Study

The study found out that boys find motivation from girls
The study found out that boys find motivation from girls

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.

This may be because female pupils have higher concentration levels and motivation to perform well – and this attitude rubs off on boys.

The study analysed the reading scores of more than 200,000 15-year-olds in mixed-sex schools around the world who took part in the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 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 were higher concentration levels and motivation to perform well.

This may help to explain their positive influence in the classroom, the researchers suggest.

The study did note that the proportion of highly educated teachers and the socio-economic make-up of schools did not benefit boys more than girls.

Lead author Dr Margriet van Hek, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, told the Press Association: ‘We propose that girls find it easier to concentrate in class, but also that they are more motivated to read.

‘Studies have shown that girls like reading more, are better readers and read more often in their spare time.

Findings

The study analysed the reading scores of more than 200,000 15-year-olds in mixed-sex schools around the world who took part in the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 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.

Characteristics more commonly associated with female pupils were higher concentration levels and motivation to perform well.

This may help to explain their positive influence in the classroom, the researchers suggest.

Adapted from Daily Mail

 

 

 

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