School of Education
In 1999, a non-government
school with a long tradition of "boys only"
education in South Australia introduced
co-education at the secondary school level. The
following year, girls were admitted at the primary
school level. Educational achievement and
perceptions of the psychosocial climate of the
school's learning environment were measured in all
primary and secondary students at the end of this
momentous year and again one year later.
Questionnaires measuring students' perceptions of
the relationship dimensions of cohesiveness,
friction and satisfaction and the personal
dimensions of competitiveness and difficulty were
administered, together with a test of achievement.
Interesting differences were found in student
achievement and perceptions of the school's
climate, over time and across the grade
School Climate; Co-education