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Co-education and singl-education

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Such a framework was an outcome of inherent societal structure which was largely patriarchal in nature, where the expectations, opportunities and attitudes towards education of girls varied largely from that of boys. Boys were believed to be more in need of a formalized education since they were naturally assumed to head their families and hence take up more important jobs which required professional training, while girls on the other hand, were assumed to take up family responsibilities and take care of their domestic lives, hence were offered courses which involved practical skills and subjects which could be implemented in real life. Thus both boys and girls were educated separately, on account of the wide differences in the structure of educational courses required by them (Cohen, 2000).The change in socio-cultural environments have brought about significant transformations with regard to the opportunities available for both male as well as female students and hence played a major role in revolutionizing their educational experiences (Bracey, 2007). During the early 20th century, the country witnessed a shift from the highly conventional educational framework – that of single-sex education to a new model of education – i. co-educational setting, which was not only palpable but also inevitable, given the large scale socio-cultural transformations in the American society.The rationale, from the male perspective, behind such a shift was to control and manage the supposedly disorderly behavior of the male students by including female students in the classrooms; while from the female perspective, it was believed that the girls required a just and an equitable educational setting which can prepare them for the ‘real world’ outside of their homes (Bracey, 2006), since the turn of the century had witnessed the emergence of the working class females. Other researchers such as Riordan (2002) believed that educating both the genders in a common setting i. together in one classroom, was an economically viable alternative, which was needed during the beginning of the twentieth century.On the other hand, researchers in support of the single-sex education had a completely different perspective. Cohen (2000) stated that until the 1950s – 60s, the male students received highly differentiated treatment as compared to their female counterparts, in terms of better educational facilities, programs as well as opportunities for learning and
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