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A path to re-engagement : evaluating the first year of a Community VCAL education program for young people

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: viii, 47 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF | Summary Notes: Includes "A path to re-engagement : evaluating the first year of a Community VCAL education program for young people : research summary."Summary: In Frankston, the Brotherhood of St Laurence has developed a Community VCAL program tailored for young people aged 15 to 18 who have experienced barriers to mainstream education. Students undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning - a Years 11 and 12 course which combines classroom tuition with vocational training and work placements - in a community setting rather than in a school. The evaluation of the inaugural year found that, notwithstanding some challenges, the program made a significant difference to the educational opportunities of most of its students. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A taste for learning : evaluating a pre-Community VCAL program

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: viii, 28 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 27-28Summary: This report evaluates a pre-Community VCAL 'Taster' course offered at the Brotherhood of St Laurence's Frankston High Street Centre. The course engaged young people who were seriously disaffected with mainstream secondary school education, and who were facing their transition to adulthood without having acquired important skills. It provided valuable literacy, numeracy, vocational and social skills tuition, as well as the experience these students needed to make judgments about continuing vocational or further education. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Accountability and the public purposes of education /

by Reid, Alan.

Publisher: Australian Education Union 2009Description: 7 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: "This paper frames MySchool as an accountability strategy in the context of the purposes of education. The presenters reason for doing this is because the debate about MySchool has largely been conducted in the absence of an articulated set of reference points - that is claims and counter claims about the importance or the consequences of MySchool are often made in a vacuum. That they are self evidently good or bad. The paper argues that the reference point against which such judgments should be made is the public purposes of education. Professor Alan Reid is Emeritus Professor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education, University of South Australia. This paper was presented at a national symposium in Sydney, entitled, Advice for Ministers and ACARA on NAPLAN, the use of Student Data, My School and League Tables" APO WeeklyAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

An investigation of TAFE efficiency /

by Fieger, Peter | National Centre for Vocational Education Research | Karmel, Tom | Stanwick, John.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 21Summary: Governments are interested in the relative efficiency of institutions, and in addition, information on efficiency can be used by individual institutions to benchmark themselves against their peers. The main factor that was found to affect efficiency, as defined in this paper, was degree of remoteness. Further, institute size is an important factor, with smaller institutes tending to be less efficient. This paper employs a mathematical technique known as Data Envelopment Analysis to examine the efficiency of TAFE institutes.Availability: (1)

Building relationships for better outcomes : Peninsula Youth Connections evaluation stage 2 : research summary

by Barrett, Anna | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: 4 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The second stage of the evaluation of Peninsula Youth Connections, operated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and TaskForce, focused on young people's experiences of the service and their outcomes. The young people emphasised the importance of the friendly, respectful and supportive interactions and the flexibility of the program. The great majority successfully re-engaged with education and training, showing the value of this case management model.Availability: (1)

Building relationships for better outcomes : Peninsula Youth Connections evaluation stage 2 report

by Barrett, Anna | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: x, 57 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This report represents Stage 2 of a three-stage evaluation. Full report and Research summary PDF is of full report Bibliography : p. 57Summary: The second stage of the evaluation of Peninsula Youth Connections, operated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and TaskForce, focused on young people's experiences of the service and their outcomes. The young people emphasised the importance of the friendly, respectful and supportive interactions and the flexibility of the program. The great majority successfully re-engaged with education and training, showing the value of this case management model.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Building the foundations : outcomes from the adult language, literacy and numeracy search conference /

by National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 9 March 2011Summary: The importance of adult language, literacy and numeracy for greater workforce participation, productivity and social inclusion are well recognised, with both national and international research demonstrating the benefits of increasing proficiency for both individuals and communities. But there are still more questions to be answered, such as what is the extent of adult language, literacy and numeracy provision in Australia, and whose responsibility is it to fund such provision in the workplace? In September 2010, NCVER hosted a forum on behalf of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to explore these questions and what needs to be done to find the answers. This paper presents a summary of those discussions and recommendations for future action.Availability: (1)

Education today 2010 : the OECD perspective /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France OECD Publications 2010Description: 86 p. : ill.Online Access: OECD iLibrary (Read only) Summary: What does the OECD have to say about the state of education today? What are the main OECD messages on early childhood education, teacher policies and tertiary education? What about student performance, educational spending and equity in education? OECD work on these important education topics and others have been brought together in a single accessible source updating the first edition of Education Today which came out in March 2009. Organised into eight chapters, this report examines early childhood education, schooling, transitions beyond initial education, higher education, adult learning, outcomes and returns, equity, and innovation. The chapters are structured around key findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD educational analyses. Each entry highlights the main message in a concise and accessible way, with a brief explanation and reference to the original OECD source. This report will prove to be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the broad international picture of education, as well as for those wanting to know more about OECD work in this important domain.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders : a pilot study. /

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2007Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/cws/eoocogoco/eoocogoco.pdf' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:42:09 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Family & early yearsAvailability: No items available

Expanding choice in elementary and secondary education : a report on rethinking the federal role in education /

by Greene, Jay | The Brookings Institution | Loveless, Tom | MacLeod, W. Bentley.

Publisher: Washington, DC Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution 2010Description: 31 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2, 2010 Bibliography p. 28-31Summary: "Education choice exercises a powerful pull on parents of school children: In the US, twenty-four percent report that they moved to their current neighborhood so their children could attend their current school; 15 percent of public school students attend parent-selected rather than district-assigned schools; the charter school and homeschooling sectors have grown from nothing to 2.6 percent and 3 percent of total enrollment respectively; private schools capture 11 percent of enrollment; and virtual schooling is poised for explosive growth. Consistent with these behavioral manifestations of the desire of parents to choose their children?s schools, schools of choice consistently generate more positive evaluations from parents than assigned schools."Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Exploring leadership in vocational education and training /

by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

Publisher: Luxembourg Publications Office of the European Union 2011Description: PDF.Other title: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Cat. No: TI-BA-11-003-EN-N doi:10.2801/36572 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: European policy on vocational education and training (VET) makes a strong link between the quality of education and the quality of teachers and trainers. Teaching staff are important stakeholders in implementing current VET reforms, and their training and professional development are crucial elements in ensuring quality. However, this working paper argues that the role of those managing and leading VET institutions must be more widely acknowledged and that the research base and policy initiatives specifically related to such staff ought to be strengthened. There is increasing evidence of the importance of leadership in education, though VET leaders have, so far, received only marginal attention. Leaders are crucial in implementing reforms and policy initiatives; they also serve as catalysts for change. The close links between VET and the labour market create specific opportunities for leadership but this has not yet been subjected to European research. This working paper presents some initial findings on leadership in VET in Europe. Cedefop's main objective for this paper is to raise awareness of VET leadership, introducing the topic and escorting it onto the European policy agenda. As the scope and depth of this paper is limited, it should be seen as an initial contribution to discussing leadership in VET.Availability: (1)

From participation to leadership : evaluation of the Community Service Leadership Program

by Boese, Martina | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: ix, 32 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography : p. 31-32 Summary: The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP), developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Rotary Club of Melbourne, enabled disadvantaged young people in alternative educational settings to explore, devise and implement projects to benefit their local community. Evaluation by BSL researchers indicated that the model achieved positive outcomes for students (from increased communication and work-related skills to greater understanding of social issues), for teachers (in applying a pedagogy which fostered student initiative and interaction with the community) and for community organisations (in mutual respect between age-groups and between cultural groups).Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

Have school vocational education and training programs been successful ? /

by Anlezark, Alison | National Centre for Vocational Education Research | Karmel, Tom | Ong, Koon.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/core/cp0302.pdf' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:23:58 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: This report investigates whether these school vocational education and training (VET) programs provide successful outcomes for participants, in terms of retention to Year 12 (or its vocational equivalent) and full-time engagement with employment or learning.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

HIPPY national evaluation : interim report : prepared for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations /

by Liddell, Max | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Barnett, Tony | McEachran, Juliet | Roost, Fatoumata Diallo.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: xiii, 44 p. : ill., graphs.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2010Summary: The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year home and centre-based program which aims to improve the school readiness of children from disadvantaged communities. Associated aims are to assist parents in their role as teacher, improve the parent?child relationship, and increase the social and economic participation of marginalised families. HIPPY is based on: the use of structured learning materials introduced to parents by way of home visits from tutors recruited from the local community; parent tutoring of their children; and centre-based meetings providing parent support and enrichment programs. HIPPY operates in a number of countries around the world, and has shown promising results in the research conducted to date. This evaluation, which forms part of the national rollout of HIPPY in Australia, has been conducted in a partnership between Monash University (Chief Investigator) and the Research and Policy Centre Early Years research team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The evaluation is funded by the Australian Government?s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The HIPPY sites are selected by DEEWR in consultation with HIPPY Australia with the assistance of the Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ; HOME INTERACTION PROGRAM FOR PARENTS AND YOUNGSTERS (HIPPY) ; LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN (LSAC)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Indigenous education 2010 /

by Hughes, Helen | Centre for Independent Studies | Hughes, Mark.

Publisher: St Leonards, NSW Centre for Independant Studies 2010Description: vii, 29 p.: ill. charts, graphs.Other title: CIS Policy Monograph 110.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The 2009 NAPLAN results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students again show high rates of failure to meet the national minimum standards. Failure rates of 40 to 50% are common in Indigenous schools and rise to more than 70% in the Northern Territory. If schools are ranked by NAPLAN results, almost all the bottom 150 schools in such a notional list are Indigenous schools. There are few non-Indigenous schools in this bottom grouping and only a few Indigenous schools above this grouping. About 20,000 of Australia's 150,000 Indigenous students are enrolled in these Indigenous schools.Availability: (1)

Investing in our future : an evaluation of the national rollout of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) : final report to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, August 2011 /

by Liddell, Max | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Barnett, Tony | Roost, Fatoumata Diallo | McEachran, Juliet.

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: [Fitzroy, Vic.] HIPPY Australia and Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: xii, 130 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2011 "A summary report from the national evaluation of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)"; August 2011Summary: A national evaluation of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), a combined home and centre-based early childhood enrichment program that supports parents in their role as their child's first teacher has found significant benefits for parents and children. The effectiveness of HIPPY was evaluated by means of a two-year, longitudinal, quasi-experimental research design that involved a comparison group drawn from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children using propensity score matching.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

Links between literacy and numeracy skills and labour market outcomes /

by Shomos, Anthony | Australia. Productivity Commission.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Productivity Commission 2010Description: viii, 78 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 75-78Summary: Literacy and numeracy skills are one component of a person's human capital, and the focus of research in this paper. While raising educational attainment has been a longstanding goal of governments, more recently governments have focussed their attention on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes. For example, the Victorian Government's plan to improve literacy and numeracy skills aims to 'increase the proportion of young people meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, and improve overall levels of achievement' To assist with achieving this goal, the National Assessment Plan - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has been established, which includes reporting results on the literacy and numeracy levels of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and how they have changed over time.Availability: (1)

Overcoming barriers to education : Peninsula Youth Connections evaluation stage 1 report

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: ix, 61 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: Front cover: Peninsula Youth Connections is a partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and TaskForce.; Includes " Overcoming barriers to education: Peninsula Youth Connections evaluation stage 1 summary." Summary: Peninsula Youth Connections (PYC) is the local expression of an intensive case management program funded by the Australian Government for young people at risk of disengaging from education or training. Operating in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region south-east of Melbourne, PYC also includes re-engagement activities for young people, and seeks to build the capacity of local youth services. The purpose of this evaluation is threefold: to identify the unmet needs which act as barriers to young people's participation in education; to signal the broader systemic factors which impede young people's learning; and to use the PYC as a case study to reflect on the Youth Connection model's advantages, constraints and opportunities for development.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Parental involvement in selected PISA countries and economies /

by Borgonovi, Francesca | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Montt, Guillermo.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2012Description: PDF.Other title: OECD education working paper ; no. 73.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 7 May 2012 EDU/WKP(2012)10 Bibliography : p. 55-57Summary: Studies have highlighted the beneficial effects of parental involvement in children's educational lives. Few studies, however, analyse parental involvement in a cross-national perspective and few evaluate a wide array of forms of involvement. In 2009, 14 countries and economies implemented the parental questionnaire option in the PISA 2009 cycle. This working paper evaluates the levels of parental involvement across countries and sub-groups within countries, as well as the relationship of involvement with both cognitive (reading performance) and non-cognitive outcomes (enjoyment of reading and awareness of effective summarising strategies). Findings suggest that some forms of parental involvement are more strongly related to cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes than others. These include reading to children when they are young, engaging in discussions that promote critical thinking and setting a good example. Findings also show that levels of parental involvement vary across countries and economies. Inequalities in parental involvement exist in practically all countries and economies. Policy implications signal the possibility that promoting higher levels of parental involvement may increase students' both cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, and that high-quality parental involvement may help reduce performance differences across socio-economic groups.Availability: (1)

Re-engagement, training and beyond : evaluating the second year of a Community VCAL education program for young people

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: x, 38 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF | Summary Notes: Bibliography : p. 37-38 Full report and Research summary PDF is of full report; Includes research summary " Re-engagement, training and beyond : evaluating the second year of a Community VCAL education program for young people : research summary." Summary: In Frankston, the Brotherhood of St Laurence has developed a Community VCAL program for 15 to 18-year-olds who have faced barriers to mainstream education. Students undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning - a Years 11 and 12 course which combines classroom tuition with vocational training and work placements - in a community setting. The evaluation of the second year found that the CVCAL model can have a profoundly positive impact on "at risk" young people, though it has its own distinctive challenges. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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