ERIC Number: ED206424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Country School Leavers: A Study of the Aspirations and Experiences of School Leavers from Fourteen Country Schools in Western Australia. Studies in Rural Education No. 5.
Besides describing actual experiences of rural students who leave school before completing Year 12, a 1978-79 study in Western Australia was also designed to investigate options and employment opportunities available to school leavers. Questionnaires from 1,371 students in Years 9-12 in 14 schools collected data on background, education, aspirations and expectations. Six months later, students (256) identified as school leavers returned mailed questionnaires on their post-school experiences; 12 of the original students (employed, unemployed, or re-enrolled in school) were interviewed for case studies. Findings were: rural school leavers wanted to remain in country areas and were keen to get jobs; girls faced a more difficult situation than boys when leaving rural schools to seek work; substantial numbers of school leavers were disenchanted with school; information provided by schools on careers and on the transition from school to work may be inadequate; students from rural schools either sought work locally, moved to larger population centers to find jobs, or continued their studies; rural students found jobs in distinctive ways (direct contact and family associations); job opportunities were very restricted in rural areas. Recommendations included: considering the situation of female school leavers; reviewing rural secondary schools and schools' transition activities; further research. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Dropout Attitudes, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Employment Opportunities, Expectation, Foreign Countries, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Information, Questionnaires, Rural Education, Rural Youth, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Influences
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australian Education Dept., Perth. Research Branch.
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia)
Note: For related documents, see ED 186 159, ED 194 235 and RC 012 660.