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The new economy revisited : an initial analysis of the digital divide among financially disadvantaged families /

by McLaren, Jennifer | The Smith Family | Zappala, Gianni.

Publisher: Camperdown, N.S.W. Research and Social Policy Team, The Smith Family 2002Description: viii, 28 p. ill.Other title: The Smith Family. Research and Social Policy Team background.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2002 Summary: This paper presents new data on the access and usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), in particular, computers and the Internet, by households and children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. The existence of unequal access and usage of ICT across the population – the ‘digital divide’, is compounding disadvantage for some, because having access to ICT is becoming so central to being able to fully participate in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres of society. This is the first of several publications that provides empirical data to complement previous conceptual work on the ‘new economy’ and the digital divide. This paper focuses on what has been termed the ‘A’ of the ‘ABCs of the digital divide’ – Access, Basic Training and Content. The data come from a survey aimed at collecting benchmark data on computer and Internet access and usage among students and families on The Smith Family’s Learning for Life (LFL) program. Availability: (1)

An Indigenous school and learning community in the ACT? : opportunity, context and rationale. /

by Sutherland, Dale.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. Australian National University 2003Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.anu.edu.au/caepr/Publications/DP/2003_DP258.pdf' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:16:51 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Homeless twice : exploring resettlement and homelessness for migrant and refugee young people. /

by Ransley, Carol | Drummond, Sue.

Publisher: Centre for Multicultural Youth Studies 2001Description: PDF.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The economic benefit of increased participation in education and training . /

by Access Economics.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Dusseldorp Skills Forum 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.dsf.org.au/papers/173/DSFdoc_Apr05FINALrev_0.pdf' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:28:24 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Increasing returns to education : theory and evidence. /

by Booth, Alison | Coles, Melvyn | Gong, Xiaodong.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://econrsss.anu.edu.au/pdf/DP522.pdf' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:25:35 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Social and economic benefits of improved adult literacy : towards a better understanding. /

by Hartley, Robyn | National Centre for Vocational Education Research | Horne, Jackie.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr4L06.pdf' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:26:27 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A microfoundation for increasing returns in human capital accumulation and the under-participation trap . /

by Booth, Alison L | Coles, Melvyn.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://econrsss.anu.edu.au/pdf/DP543.pdf' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:36:01 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The Australian economy needs an education revolution . /

by Rudd, Kevin | Smith, Stephen.

Publisher: Kingston, A.C.T. Australian Labor Party 2007Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.alp.org.au/download/now/education_revolution_r1.pdf' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:41:05 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response School to work SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Education and skill mismatches in the labour market : editors' introduction. /

by Mavromaras, Kostas | McGuinness, Seamus.

Publisher: 2007Notes: SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: No items available

Exploring the factors associated with youths' educational outcomes : the role of locus of control and parental socio-economic background. /

by Bar n, Juan David.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2009Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://cepr.anu.edu.au/pdf/DP598.pdf' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:32:13 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response School to workSummary: "Using unique information for a cohort of Australian youth, this paper explores the association between youths perception of control (i.e. locus of control) and three educational outcomes: (i) Year 12 completion, (ii) whether youth obtained an Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) score, and (iii) the actual ENTER score. By using a measure of socio-economic status based on 12 years of parental income support histories, the paper also investigates the association between growing up in a socio-economically disadvantaged household and subsequent educational outcomes. Additionally, the paper considers the hypothesis that disadvantage has an indirect effect on youths educational outcomes through its effect on locus of control. The results suggest that youths with a more internal locus of control (e.g. those who believe their actions determine their future outcomes) are more likely to complete Year 12, more likely to obtain an ENTER score, and obtain better ENTER scores. The evidence is also consistent with a negative relationship between disadvantage when growing up and youths educational outcomes. Even after controlling for demographic and family characteristics, youths who grew up in socioeconomically disadvantaged households are up to 10 per cent less likely to complete Year 12 and up to 20 per cent less likely to obtain an ENTER score. There is however no evidence of an indirect effect of being disadvantaged on educational outcomes through the effect of disadvantage on locus of control once other characteristics are accounted for. Although highly disadvantaged youths obtain ENTER scores that are four points lower than those of non-disadvantaged youth, locus of control shows only a small association with actual ENTER scores." -- AbstractAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Teachers in the middle : reclaiming the wasteland of the adolescent years of schooling /

by Smyth, John McInerney, Peter.

Publisher: New York, NY Peter Lang 2007Description: xiv, 247 p. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. School to work SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: "There is a profound and deepening crisis afflicting secondary schools in most parts of the world - but at its essence it is a crisis of a very different kind from the one portrayed by the media, the business community, politicians, and policy makers. Just what constitutes the crisis is highly problematic. What is being constructed for us through a concerted "conservative assault" and a "new authoritarianism" is one of failure by young people, their schools, and their teachers. But as with any moral panic, there are undisclosed interests and agenda operating, and they are not those of the people most directly affected, in this case young people." "This book tackles those myths head-on. Through a multi-layered portrait analysis of young lives, adult lives, and school lives this book shows how schools, teachers, and young people are re-inventing themselves against the damaging prevailing educational policy discourses. Teachers are "in the middle" in all kinds of ways - they are a group who are continually being disparaged, pilloried, and denigrated by politicians and the media; they are caught in the shifting tectonic plates of capitalism as schools are increasingly required to do economic work; and they are continually mediating the emotional,social, and intellectual intersections between schools, society, classrooms, and young lives. Teachers in the Middle provided a critique as well as hope and possibility as schools engage pedagogically with the maelstrom in which they find themselves."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Critically engaged learning : connecting to young lives /

by Smyth, John | Angus, Lawrence | Down, Barry | McInerney, Peter.

Publisher: New York, NY Peter Lang 2008Description: x, 205 p.Other title: Adolescent cultures, school and society ; volume 42.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-183) and index. School to work SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: "This book - the finale in a trilogy by the authors - traces the way in which a number of disadvantaged schools and communities were able to move beyond deficit, victim-blaming and pathologizing approaches and access resources of trust, relationships, connectedness and hope. It describes how these Australian schools and communities were able to benefit from working with 'street-level' bureaucrats who had reinvented themselves around notions of socially just forms of capacity-building. The book provides a set of insights into what is possible from a critical engagement for school and community renewal perspective, by working with the resources that exist within disadvantaged contexts, even in damaging neoliberal policy times."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The impact of parental education on earnings : new wine in an old bottle? /

by Hudson, John | Institute for the Study of Labor | Session, John G.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labour 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: We examine the impact of parental education on the shape of an individual's experience-earnings profile. A number of factors suggest that parental education will affect the ability of an individual to translate labor market experience into earnings. Our empirical analysis of US data suggests that this is indeed the case. Higher parental education shifts the earnings profile significantly to the left the profile of individuals with parents who both have 15 years of education peaks at 16 years of experience when their wages are 52% (24%) greater than those whose parents both have only 5 (10) years of education.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance: The Long-Run Economic Impact of Improving PISA Outcomes /

by Hanushek, Eric. A | Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. rogramme for International Student Assessment.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: A 55-page international study showing that even modest and achievable gains in student learning yield large increases in gross domestic product (GDP) over the long runAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Education and family background : mechanisms and policies /

by Bjorklund, Anders | Institute for the Study of Labor | Salvanes, Kjell G.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 2010Description: 82 p.Other title: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Discussion paper ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: In every society for which we have data, people's educational achievement is positively correlated with their parents' education or with other indicators of their parents' socioeconomic status. This topic is central in social science, and there is no doubt that research has intensified during recent decades, not least thanks to better data having become accessible to researchers. The purpose of this chapter is to summarize and evaluate recent empirical research on education and family background. Broadly speaking, we focus on two related but distinct motivations for this topic. The first is equality of opportunity. Here, major the research issues are: How important a determinant of educational attainment is family background, and is family background, in the broad sense that incorporates factors not chosen by the individual, a major, or only a minor, determinant of educational attainment? What are the mechanisms that make family background important? Have specific policy reforms been successful in reducing the impact of family background on educational achievement? The second common starting point for recent research has been the child development perspective. Here, the focus is on how human-capital accumulation is affected by early childhood resources. Studies with this focus address the questions: what types of parental resources or inputs are important for children's development, why are they important and when are they important? In addition, this literature focuses on exploring which types of economic policy, and what timing of the policy in relation to children's social and cognitive development, are conducive to children's performance and adult outcomes. The policy interest in this research is whether policies that change parents' resources and restrictions have causal effects on their children.Availability: (1)

Submission to Review of Funding for Schooling / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Williamson, Jim.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: 35 p. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission to the Review of Funding for Schooling.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The submission details a number of key programs which the BSL has developed within Victoria and across Australia to increase school and home partnerships in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and recommends that excellent initiatives, including the community VCAL program in Victoria, learning support programs, and student career pathway programs involving parents, are considered for scaling up nationally during the next funding period. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: (1)

Public private partnerships in education /

by Dunkin, Ruth | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Social Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Workshop Proceedings 21 November 2008Summary: All developed countries are seeking to improve their international competitiveness. As the nature of their competitive basis changes away from traditional manufacturing and agricultural industries to services and more sophisticated manufacturing and value-adding industries -knowledge-intensive - industries the perceived need for greater skills development and educational achievement levels has grown. Thus a key underpinning of international competitiveness for many countries is the competitiveness of their educational levels and in turn, their education systems. In many cases educational achievement levels have stalled in the wake of successful mass education programs in the last century and countries are seeking to reinvigorate educational growth. However they do so within a climate in which those countries are also facing major new challenges of economic and social adaptation and competing investment needs. As a result, different routes to educational investment are being sought and used. This paper will outline these, together with the major policy issues associated with them.Availability: (1)

Review of funding for schooling : emerging issues paper /

by Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace elations.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Gonski Review.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010 Includes bibliographical references Chairman: David GonskiSummary: The aim of this emerging issues paper is to present the views heard by the panel during its preliminary listening tour that was undertaken during the latter part of 2010 across all states and territories. The panel heard views from over 70 education groups, including government and non-government education authorities, Indigenous education and special education representatives, and parent, principal, teacher and union groups. The views summarised in this paper are not those of the panel, but of those who generously shared their views with the panel. The issues and concerns raised in submissions to the review have also been incorporated. While a range of issues were raised, discussion broadly centred around seven key themes: (1) equity of educational outcomes; (2) recurrent funding; (3) capital funding; (4) targeted and needs-based funding, including funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; (5) support for students with special needs and students with disability; (6) governance and leadership; and (7) community and family engagement.Availability: (1)

Education and training and the avoidance of financial disadvantage : a national vocationsl education and training research and evaluation program report. /

by Marks, Gary N | Australian Council for Educational Research.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2011Description: pdf.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: There is a very large body of literature on the returns from education, which typically focuses on narrow outcomes such as employment, occupational status and wages. Gary Mark?s paper extends this work by examining the relationship between educational attainment and a number of dimensions of financial disadvantage. The study uses four measures, namely, income poverty; financial stress, which refers to cash-flow problems; not being in employment; and low wealth.Availability: (1)

Individual returns to vocational education and training : their implications for lifelong learning /

by Ryan, Chris | National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Leabrook, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2002Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 42-43Summary: An assessment of the financial benefits to individuals of investing in vocational education and training (VET) is undertaken in this study. The methodology involves the estimation of wage regression equations using data from a representative sample of Australian employees to identify the effect of possessing a VET qualification on individual wages.Availability: (1)

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