ERIC Number: ED060376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
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Variation in Australian Education.
Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
This document is an English-language abstract (approximately 1,500 words) of a report of some differences between the Australian states in practices and organization in education. It points out the problems that may confront the increasing numbers of students who transfer from one state to another during their elementary and high school years. The most common type of preschool institution in each state is the kindergarten, which takes care of children between three and five years of age. Attendance is not compulsory and many children receive no preschool education. Some states have some degree of control over kindergartens, but most do not. Compulsory education begins at the age of six in all states, but the minimum age of entry varies from 4 years 7 months to 5 years 1 month. In four states, elementary school contains seven grades while in others there are only six. Some children spend two years in the first grade. Promotion in elementary school tends to be increasingly based on the age and social development of the child, rather than on achieving certain progress in school subjects. The variations from state to state in the starting and ending ages for both elementary and secondary education complicates student transfer from one state to another. (Author/GDB)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Elementary Schools, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Schedules, Secondary Schools, State Schools
Available in CEAS Abstract Series No. 1-4 (ED 060 227)
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Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.