ERIC Number: ED207927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Demographic Factors on TAFE. Occasional Paper Number 2.
Ward, B. J.
This paper examines the influence of demographic factors on the contemporary South Australian education system, with emphasis on technical and further education (TAFE). Demography is essentially concerned with the study of changes in human populations, of birth rates and death rates, the timing of child bearing, internal migration and international migration. These factors influence the pattern of demand for educational services. Therefore, it is of fundamental importance that educational planners take note of the competent population projections. The bulge in population numbers represented by the "post war baby boom" has now reached adulthood. This age group is beginning to place pressure on the TAFE system. Another observable phenomenon is the increasing intermittent use of TAFE services by adults as they age. In summary, projections indicate that the population aged 30 and over will eventually dominate TAFE enrollments. Enrollments among those less than 30 years of age should be relatively static. Immigration to Australia from a wide range of overseas countries will require that further adjustments be made to the educational programs provided. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Australian Dept. of Further Education, Adelaide. Research Clearinghouse.
Note: Submission to Committee of Enquiry into Education in South Australia. Some of the Figures may not reproduce clearly from EDRS in paper copy or microfiche.