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Single-sex classes (Education); Group work in education;


The Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence has three single-sex classrooms in place today. It has one all girls classroom at the second grade level, one all boys classroom at the second grade level, and one very unique all boys classroom at the first grade level. This classroom is unique because the teacher and the students will follow with each other all the way through fifth grade.

Since this is the first year of implementing single-sex classrooms there are many educators who need more clarification on this approach to education. In the following pages the researcher focuses on how the Cunningham School can close the achievement gap between boys and girls, based on the results of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The researcher conducts a classroom study on the differences between boys and girls when using the cooperative group method that includes some hands on activities. Lastly, the researcher conducts an interview of the teachers who are involved with the single-sex classrooms. Along with this interview, the researcher interviews another teacher who teaches a co-ed classroom, but works closely with the other teachers in the single-sex classes.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

John E. Henning


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