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A 10-year study examined the relationship between type of school and student self-concept and academic achievement. The study was conducted at two coeducational high schools in Australia, one of which had been an all-girls ' school and the other an all-boys' school. Subjects were approximately 1,300 students from grades 7 to 11 in the two schools. Findings indicated that after the first 5 years of coeducation, both girls ' and boys ' self-concept, measured multi-dimensionally by the Marsh Self-Description Questionnaire II, increased substantially to a level above that which was measured when the students were in single-sex classrooms, after an initial decline associated with the transition to coeducation in the first year of the changeover. Student achievement in grade 10 English and Mathematics remained stable over the five years of the evaluation. Follow-up research after 10 years of coeducation at the two school

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