Benefits of a Co-ed environment
A study conducted in 2005-2006 by Toronto-based market research firm The Strategic Council points to the benefits of boys and girls working together. Many parents opt for a co-educational learning environment for the following reasons:
- Co-educational schools are microcosms of society. Since men and women are likely to interact in the workplace and in the home, school can be an environment in which gender differences come to be understood, preparing students for life. Students can also learn to deal with the social issues that arise in mixed company rather than avoiding them.
- Stereotypes can be broken. It is claimed that girls seeing boys in the art or music classes and boys seeing girls in the math, science, and technology classes reinforces the notion that these pursuits are not gender-linked.
- Co-ed environments give students the opportunity to witness and adjust to different learning styles. Male and female students can learn from each other’s approaches as each brings their own style to bear in working for common goals. This is claimed as an important learning opportunity by advocates of co-education.
This study also presented the following insights based on their survey of over 17,000 recently graduated high school
- Girls at single-sex schools are no more likely than those at co-ed schools to participate in class discussions.
- Girls in co-ed schools voice an opinion regardless of peer approval just as often as girls in single-sex schools do.
- Girls’ perceptions of their abilities in math and science are not affected by the gender composition in schools.
- Boys in a co-ed environment are as likely to be engaged in learning as boys in a single-sex environment.