NCGS Studies


Steeped in Learning and Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools are available for purchase.

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NCGS member schools are currently engaged in three national studies:

Elementary School (PK-5th grade): Development of Social Cognition Leadership Study

Anticipated for publication in 2019-2020
This study is exploring how ideas of leadership are developed, what kinds of traits children value in leaders, and what causes children to be more confident in themselves as leaders. The researchers are focusing on how all-girls and all-boys schools affect children’s ideas of leadership and confidence in their own leadership ability.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler, Associate Professor of Psychology at Cornell University


Middle School (8th grade): Study of the Influence of Peers on Students’ Academic Interest and Aspirations in STEM

Anticipated for publication in 2019-2020
This five-year National Science Foundation funded study (currently in year five of data collection) is investigating at the 8th grade level the following questions: What types of peer dynamics in the classroom increase students’ interests in STEM? How do peer dynamics in middle school influence students’ attitudes and future aspirations in STEM? Do the same or different factors motivate girls compared to boys to pursue STEM?
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst


High School (recent graduates): Comparison of Women Graduates Study

Anticipated for publication in 2018-2019
Prepared for NCGS in collaboration with the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, this analysis of the 2016 Freshman Survey data is an update of the 2009 report (based on the 2005 Freshman Survey) originally conducted by Dr. Linda Sax. This new report will focus a lens on how graduates of all-girls schools today compare to female graduates of coed schools in terms of their academic characteristics and readiness for college.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tiffani A. Riggers-Piehl, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at University of Missouri, Kansas City