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Separate by Degree: Women Students' Experiences in Single-Sex and Coeducational Colleges


reviewed by Linda Serra Hagedorn & Athena Perrakis ó 2002

coverTitle: Separate by Degree: Women Students' Experiences in Single-Sex and Coeducational Colleges
Author(s): Leslie Miller-Bernal
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 082044412X , Pages: , Year: 2000
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The benefits and drawbacks of single-sex education have long been the subject of heated and intense debate among scholars who seek to examine the relevant issues at stake for women educated in the United States. In Separate By Degree, Bernal bravely contrasts the reigning view of co-education as a tool for female progression and social mobility while suggesting that single-sex education for women promotes gender equity and addresses deep-rooted aspects of sexism often overlooked or sidelined at co-educational institutions. Further, she contends that since co-ed women students are not taken as seriously as their men counterparts, the environment at a single-sex college or university becomes akin to Virginia Woolf's notion of "A Room of One's Own," wherein women can find support from faculty, administrators and peers. To uphold her thesis, Bernal initiated a longitudinal study of the class of 1988 at: (1) Wells, one of the oldest women's colleges in the country; (2) Middlebury, a college which added women to become a co-educational facility; (3) William... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 130-133
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10721, Date Accessed: 10/23/2014 3:53:45 PM

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