Etiology of Single Sex vs Coed PE
Coed schools became more prevalent after the nineteenth century. Students were combined in heterogeneous groupings to accomodate mass education.
Switch from Single Sex Classes to Coed Classes in Physical Education
Coed classes were introduced in the US as a response to Title IX.
Research Based Benefits to Single Sex Physical Education Classes
Girls have been found to be less self conscious
Boys have been found to be more active
Researched Based Detriments to Single Sex Physical Education Classes
Girls spent less time in the optimal heart rate zone
Pedometer results have shown that single sex classes had fewer steps
Research Based Benefits of Coed Physical Education Classes
"able to interact with the opposite gender" (Osborne, Bauer, & Sutliff, 2002, p.83)
increased challenge for competitive girls (Williams, Bedward, & Woodhouse, 2000)
equal opportunity to experience all activities
Researched Detriments of Coed Physical Education
teacher issues: "extra time spent on gender related issues, safety issues and an overall disappointment with achievement for both genders during class" (Rustad, 2007, p.10)
girls and boys have different preferences of activities
generally, male students receive more attention in class from teachers than do female student even though both males and females perceived it as equal attention from the teacher.
girls with low perceived confidence will have decreasing enjoyment in PE which worsens over-time
boys and girls perceived that they had more opportunities and played team sports more effectively in same-sex environments
- Is it our responsibility to address the societal gender biases within our schools and classes?
- Is there enough evidence to inform our opinions about this issue?
- Would you consider teaching and assessing a coed class as two segregate classes?
- In instances where students can choose either model, are they informed enough to know the rammifications of their choice?
- What can we as post graduate students do to educate school leaders to base their scheduling practices on evidence based outcomes?