MLA literature review sample

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      The question whether girls and boys should be in separate classes has been in the debate circles for ages. Stakeholders in the education sector have endeavored to engage the issue in a convincing way, in order to unveil the right structure that would bring a lasting effect in the education sector. There have been different views concerning the topic, with some arguing that boys and girls should learn in separate classes, while others assert that they should learn in the same classes. Indeed, this is a contentious issue that needs articulate action, since; it affects the education sector, as well as the social wellbeing of students. Education is a chief pillar of the society, hence; necessary steps need to be taken to capitalize on the viable structures of education. Adequate research and surveys into the topic will play a dominant role in unearthing a lasting solution for the education sector.

         In order to come up with viable solutions for boys and girls in the education sector, I conducted a research on the topic. The research methodology that I used in tackling the issue is through website sources. The books provided a rich resource in discussing the issue at length and engaging the topic in a deeper angle. It was necessary to use a variety of books in order to get diverse views from authors, since; the topic of research is extremely dynamic and engaging. The resources proved useful, as they gave practical applications and situations in relation to the topic.

       Laura Marquez, in his article, Should Girls, Boys Be In Separate Classes? speaks at length on the topic, discussing the main idea. He starts by pointing out that the law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools has the possibility of being amended, to allow for separate classrooms for girls and boys. Advocates of same-sex classrooms argue that girls will be in a position to concentrate more on their studies, instead of losing focus because of boys’ presence. There are very few schools in the country that same-sex classes, but proponents of same-sex classrooms argue that separating girls from boys will enhance concentration in school, leading to better performance. The source is credible in respect to the ideas it puts across, and indeed relevant, though it does not talk about the flaws of same-sex classrooms (Marquez, 2004).

         Joanne Jacobs, in the article, Schools try separate classes for boys, girls, discusses the effectiveness of single-sex classrooms in the country. The topic depicts that schools have been trying to separate girls from boys in their classes. The main idea in the article is to unearth the effectiveness of such classes in terms of performance. She examines two surveys conducted separately, to examine individual performance of boys and girls in schools. Joanne finally finds out that effectiveness would be more credible for an integration of the same sexes, than separation, since; it would enhance competition. The article is articulate and relevant, since; it involves a practical research and conclusion of the effectiveness of integrated learning (Jacobs, 2012).

     Avery Johnson in his article, As Little Girls and Boys Grow, They Think Alike talks about the maturity aspect between boys and girls, and how it affects their integration in school. He argues that the psychological needs of boys and girls differ as they grow, hence; making it necessary to have separate classrooms for both girls and boys. He further argues that boys’ development make them better in mathematics, while girls are better in reading. According to the article, this is one of the factors that encourage single-sex classrooms in schools. However, some education experts argue that the issue is based on stereotypes and is baseless in separating boys from girls in a school set-up, since; this will erase creativity. The source is indeed relevant because it discusses the two ideas in detail, and challenges education experts to make informed decisions on the same (Johnson, 2011).

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