ERIC Number: ED175619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Aboriginal Students in Victoria. ACER Research Monograph No. 3.
de Lemos, Marion M.
An estimated 80%-90% of all Aboriginal students enrolled in the primary and secondary schools of Victoria, Australia, were tested and surveyed to determine their numbers, distribution, attendance, achievement, attitudes, and school leaving patterns. Most of the 1244 Aboriginals surveyed attended state schools and 75% were schooled in rural areas. Their attendance was regular but they had more extended absences than non-Aboriginal students. At the primary level (where the father's occupational ranking is the most significant factor affecting academic achievement), Aboriginal students performed consistently lower than non-Aboriginal students on academic achievement tests. At the secondary level, lower achievement by Aboriginals was especially evident in math and reading. Although non-Aboriginals in primary school had more positive attitudes than their Aboriginal agemates, this difference disappeared in secondary school. There were no marked differences noted in educational or occupational aspirations, but more Aboriginal students left school at age 15. Specific to Victoria, results did not support the view that low achievement of Aboriginals could be attributed to poor motivation, poor self-concept, or dislike of school. Research is needed to study what factors determine whether or not a student likes school. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Demography, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Followup Studies, Mathematics, Occupational Aspiration, Reading Achievement, Rural Schools, School Holding Power, State Schools, Student Attitudes, Students, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Australia (Victoria)
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