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A critical survey of Indigenous education outcomes, 1986-96 /

by Gray, Matthew | Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal conomic Policy Research | Hunter, Boyd | Schwab, R. G.

Publisher: Canberra Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research 1998Description: PDF.Other title: Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Policy.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographySummary: Indigenous education policy in Australia today has evolved alongside an awareness of the need to improve indigenous educational outcomes in order to secure the future prospects of the indigenous population. This paper provides a summary and overview of indigenous people within the education system. A cohort analysis of changes in educational participation and the level and type of educational qualification over the last three censuses for the indigenous and nonindigenous populations provides a basis for considering ways to improve educational and other indigenous economic outcomes.Availability: (1)

Are young people's educational outcomes linked to their sense of control? /

by Baron, Juan D | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Cobb-Clark, Deborah.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Melbourne Institute working paper ; no. 5/10.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2010 SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: This paper analyzes the link between young people's sense (locus) of control over their lives and their investments in education. We find that young people with a more internal locus of control have a higher probability of finishing secondary school and, conditional on completion, meeting the requirements to obtain a university entrance rank. Moreover, those with an internal locus of control who obtain a university entrance rank achieve somewhat higher rankings than do their peers who have a more external locus of control. Not surprisingly, there is a negative relationship between growing up in disadvantage and educational outcomes. However, this effect does not appear to operate indirectly by increasing the likelihood of having a more external locus of control. In particular, we find no significant relationship between family welfare history and young people's locus of control.Availability: (1)

Australian vocational education and training statistics : employers use and views of the VET system 2019

by National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2019Description: 21 p. : PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This publication presents information on employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The findings relate to the various ways in which Australian employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs and their satisfaction with the training. Australian employers can engage with the VET system in three main ways, by: having jobs that require vocational qualifications ; having apprentices and trainees ; using nationally recognised training. Also presented in this publication is information on employers’ use and satisfaction with unaccredited training, and recruitment difficulties experienced in the last 12 months. The figures in this publication are derived from the Survey of Employers’ Use and Views of the VET System. A total of 7007 interviews were conducted with Australian employers between February and June 2019 and the results relate to employers’ training experiences in the 12 months preceding their interview. Note for the purposes of this publication, nationally recognised training excludes training that was part of an apprenticeship or traineeship as employers’ use and views of apprentices and trainees is reported separately Availability: (1)

Australian vocational education and training statistics : outcomes from the Productivity Places Program, 2009 /

by National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: Information is presented in this publication about the outcomes for students who completed their vocational education and training (VET) under the Productivity Places Program (PPP) during 2008. The Productivity Places Program Survey covers students who were awarded a qualification in 2008 with funding from the PPP. The survey focuses on students' employment outcomes and satisfaction with VET. Information about the level and type of training students undertake, further study patterns, whether they achieved their main reason for undertaking training and how relevant the training was to their current job is also collected.Availability: (1)

Care-system impacts on academic outcomes : research report /

by Wise, Sarah | Anglicare Victoria. Social Policy and Research Unit | Pollock, Sarah | Mitchell, Gaye | Argus, Cathy | Farquhar, Peta.

Publisher: Collingwood ; Melbourne Anglicare Victoria and Wesley Mission Victoria 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Bibliography : p. 58-61 SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: Children in out-of-home care are changing schools often, repeating grades, dropping out early and suffering higher rates of mental and physical health conditions which limit their participation at school. Despite the importance of a quality education, children and youth who live away from the families of their birth parents are known to experience poor education outcomes compared to children and young people in the community generally. Although Australian research is somewhat limited, the findings are unequivocal; children in out-of-home care perform academically below what is normal for their age, are at risk of disengaging or are disengaged from school and often don t achieve any academic qualification.Availability: (1)

Career advice in Australian secondary schools : use and usefulness /

by Rothman, Sheldon | Australian Council for Educational Research | Hillman, Kylie.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Council for Educational Research 2008Description: p. 51.Other title: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Research Report ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2008 This report forms part of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth analytical program conducted by ACER under contract to the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). Bibliography : p. 29-30 SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: This report examines young people's participation in career advice activities while at school and their perceptions of the usefulness of the advice they receive. The data are from the 2003 15 year old cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). Most members of this LSAY Y03 cohort were in Year 10 in 2003. The present report examines how much career advice students accessed in Years 10, 11 and 12 across three years of data collection (2003-2005). A smaller group of the cohort is followed each year; this group was in Year 10 in 2003, Year 11 in 2004, and Year 12 in 2005. For this group of more than 5000 young people, analyses were conducted to determine what influences their perceptions of the usefulness of career advice while at school.Availability: (1)

Counting the cost : parental experiences of education expenses : results from the 2007 Education Costs Survey

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: iv, 14 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2008 Bibliography: p. 13-14 2 copiesSummary: This report examines the survey responses of 58 low-income Victorian families about the cost of their 129 primary and secondary school-aged children s participation in formal education during 2007. Although the survey was small in scale, it revealed that these parents faced considerable difficulties in paying education expenses, resulting in some children missing out on vital activities. To reduce the rate of students disengaging or dropping out, the writers recommend policy changes to eliminate financial hardship as a critical barrier for children in disadvantaged families.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Crossing the bridge : overcoming entrenched disadvantage through student-centred learning /

by Black, Rosalyn.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Education Foundation 2007Description: pp.: 44.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Documents the experience of nine Melbourne schools which have implemented student-centred learning, an approach endorsed by the Blueprint for Government Schools that caters for individual differences in interest, achievement and learning styles. The report concludes that to support further work in disadvantaged school communities across the state, we need to identify what works in schools, what supports this work and how this success can be implemented more widelyAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Does combining school and work affect school and post-school outcomes? /

by Anlezark, Alison | National Centre for Vocational Education Research | Lim, Patrick.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography p. 29 Appendices pp. 30-52 SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: In this report the authors seek to answer the question of whether combining school and work is detrimental or beneficial to a student's school educational performance and labour market outcomes. They find that young people who combine school and work are distributed right across the school population. Results show that individuals can combine school and work with minimal impact on their study if the hours are modest and those working longer hours show a stronger orientation towards work than study. The authors used data from the 2003 cohort (Y03) of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth.Availability: (1)

Does it pay for Indigenous youth to go to school? : variation in the predicted economic benefits of high school. /

by Biddle, Nicholas.

Publisher: 2006Notes: SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: No items available

Down the track : TAFE outcomes for young people two years on. /

by Sherman, Rebecca | National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:27:50 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Early post-school outcomes of Indigenous youth : the role of literacy and numeracy /

by Nguyen, Nhi | National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Briefing paper ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2010 SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this briefing paper explores the impact of literacy and numeracy levels on the educational gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. The paper focuses on the early post-school outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people between 1999 and 2007. Raising the levels of literacy and numeracy for Indigenous youth would help to improve some of their educational outcomes. However, many Indigenous young people face multiple disadvantages, such as poor access to post-school education and poor health, in addition to low literacy and numeracy levels, which subsequently affect their outcomes.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 performance among school students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. /

by Zappala, Gianni | The Smith Family | Considine, Gillian.

Publisher: Camperdown, N.S.W. The Smith Family 2001Description: v, 19 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: January 2001 Website : The relationship between family socioeconomic status (SES) and the academic performance of children is well established in sociological research. A neglected dimension, however, are the factors that may influence educational outcomes within particular SES bands. This paper presents data on the educational performance of children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and examines its variation as affected by traditional measures of SES as well as a range of other family, individual and contextual factors. This paper presents new data on a sample of over 3,000 students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds (students on The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program in 1999) to estimate the extent of socioeconomic, family, individual and contextual factors on school educational performance. Results obtained using binomial logistic regression techniques indicate that sex, unexplained absences, parental educational attainment, housing type, and student age are all statistically significant variables and predictors of academic performance. In contrast, ethnicity, family structure, the main source of family income, and geographical location do not significantly predict outcomes in school performance once other factors are controlled for. The finding that even within a group with considerable financial disadvantage, socioeconomic status as reflected by the level of parental education, was a key predictor of student academic achievement raises several policy implications. In brief, it supports the notion that the ‘social’ and the ‘economic’ components of the socioeconomic status equation may have distinct and separate influences on educational outcomes. While financial assistance to schools and families in need is important, policies and programs that also assist low-income parent/s in providing appropriate psychological and educational support for their children should also be promoted. Furthermore, in contrast to much publicised recent research and media comments on the negative effects of one-parent families on children, the findings do not support such a conclusion. Neither do the findings support the argument that one parent households may have relatively more detrimental effects on boys than girls. Consistent with other studies, however, the findings do confirm the existence of a significant gender gap in educational achievement among students from low socioeconomic status. The lack of significance of both ethnicity and geographical location once other factors are controlled for suggests that the current policy focus on boys’ behavioural problems is perhaps warranted. Finally, while geographical location was not a significant predictor of academic achievement, whether children live in private or public housing was found to be significant even after controlling for other factors. The significance of housing suggests that approaches to addressing disadvantage that are neighbourhood based should be encouraged. Availability: (1)

Estimating returns to education : three natural experiment techniques compared. /

by Leigh, Andrew | Ryan, Chris.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:25:22 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

European Employment Observatory review : youth employment measures, 2010 /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Birmingham, U.K. European Commission 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: This executive summary is split into five main sections,in line with the structure of the national articles. The introduction provides a discussion of youth employment in Europe using data collected at European level to provide an overall picture; additional detail, based on the information provided in the national articles, is used to explain the different pictures found at national level. The second section discusses school education and training policies which have been introduced since 2008 and in response to the crisis, including for example measures to prevent early school leaving and to guarantee that all young people acquire basic skills and are prepared for employment. Section 3 focuses on labour market and employment-related policies and access to benefits, including active labour market policies (ALMPs) which are available to support young people, the provision of social security benefits to young people, tax systems and labour market legislation, as well as measures to promote mobility. The fourth section considers the problematic features of youth employment and Section 5 describes the roles of the different labour market actors in national policies and measures relating to youth employment. Finally, a concluding section sums up the key messages emerging from the national articles.(Introduction)Availability: (1)

Learning choices national scan : programs and schools catering for young people at risk of not completing their education /

by Holdsworth, Roger | Dusseldorp Skills Forum.

Publisher: Edgecliff, N.S.W. Dusseldorp Skills Forum 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011Summary: Dusseldorp Skills Forum carried out an on-line survey of alternative education programs and approaches in early 2011. This report, by Roger Holdsworth from the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, summarises the responses and comments on the survey results. It also includes suggestions for Follow-Up that could be addressed through relevant case studies.Availability: (1)

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)

Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) 2006 Cohort : user guide /

by National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Technical report 55.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Includes bibliographical references INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: This user guide has been developed for users of the LSAY data. It consolidates existing technical documentation and other information into one document. The guide aims to address all aspects of the data including: data restrictions, variable naming conventions, the structure of the data, classifications and code frames used, weights and derived variables.Availability: (1)

Making good connections : how community participation enriches learning, wellbeing and a sense of identity in older men

by Golding, Barry | National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre | Foley, Annette | Brown, Mike | Harvey, Jack.

Publisher: Braddon, ACT National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre 2010Description: 23 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2010 Summary: This report highlights findings from a study of men aged 50 years and over in regions of Australia with a higher than average proportion of older men not in the labour force. It investigates men's attitudes towards and experiences of learning through engagement in the community. The report has two key messages. First, learning outcomes should be recognised and valued, regardless of where and how they are achieved. Second, participation in informal learning appears to be particularly effective in enhancing the wellbeing of older men who are less likely to engage in formal learning. One of the main challenges for policymakers in this field is to ensure that learning opportunities are keeping pace with the needs of individuals and society by motivating, encouraging and supporting the adults least likely to participate in learning.Availability: (1)

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