Term of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Marlynn Griffin

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

Julie Garlen

Committee Member 3

Wendy Chambers

Committee Member 3 Email



In an attempt to improve its already excellent standardized test scores by addressing the needs of struggling students, Cardinal Forest Middle School implemented single-sex education on a limited scope and on a trial basis. Using the theoretical framework of Schwab’s four commonplaces, the academic and behavioral records of single-sex educated and co-educated students from the year prior to and year of single-sex team teaching were compared. An analysis of covariance was utilized to analyze the academic and behavioral data and to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in the single-sex classroom achievement scores versus the coeducational classroom achievement scores. These analyses showed no statistically significant differences between the groups on the achievement measures during the years of single sex education. In addition, behavioral records were analyzed to show the difference between the single-sex students and coeducational students in the sixth grade and seventh grade. The results showed the discipline referral percentage increased for the single-sex male, but the discipline referral percentage decreased for the coeducational males, single-sex females, and coeducational females. Qualitative data gathered from interviewing three of the four teachers involved in the teaching of the single-sex classes showed the teachers’ perspectives as being favorable to the single-sex classroom and to the belief that the students in the single-sex classrooms benefitted not only academically but socially as well.

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