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Gender-segregated science classrooms.

faerber at ubaclu.unibas.ch faerber at ubaclu.unibas.ch
Tue May 30 15:56:48 EST 1995

Hi everybody,

I'm really amazed what echo this question rises. 
But shure, I also feel the need to add my two Pfennig to the discussion.

First, I'm European, and educated in a system with 13 years of school where
the college level is a kind of integrated. After that you should be able
to survive university, means you are allowed to go to.

When ten years ago the question of co-ed as a misfortune for women did
rise in educational sciences, I started to check my own history.
Funny thing, in my case the answer is yes.
Beeing on A-levels in physics, maths, chemistry and biology between the
age of 9 to 14, there was a dramatical drop on bad B-levels in the last 
three years(15 to18, so to speak) in maths and physics. 
And I remember well that the speed of the lessons referred to three boys
seeing themselves as future noble price winners.

Afterwards during studying biology I had to do physics again, and there
I did find again the fascination of it, but it was to late for a switch-
over. Still I wonder what would be my profession if I would have been
educated in a single-sex school.

And a last mention: Think about of the result of field studies in 
educational science about the time teachers (f+m) give to female and male
pupils. When forced to give the girls 50%, they finally gave 30% and
still had the feeling they would look to much for the girls and not
enough for the boys.

Thanks for your patience


faerber at ublacu.unibas.ch
biocenter basel
structural biology
ch-4056 basel

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