ERIC Number: ED225744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Leaving School in Rural Tasmania. Research Study No. 54.
Three regions of Tasmania (the Huon Valley, North-East Tasmania, and the Derwent Valley) were studied between June 1978 and June 1980 to discover what happens to school leavers in rural country areas and how their options and opportunities were to be considered with regard to range of occupational choices perceived to be or actually available. A simple questionnaire, administered by classroom teachers and filled out by all Year 9 and 10 students, yielded 1,018 usable questionnaires in the initial survey, and second questionnaires, sent to 430 actual school leavers, yielded 302 usable responses. Finally, interviews of those replying to the second questionnaire were selected via a random sample of unemployed and of females whose school potential appeared greater than their employment status (n=37). Findings included: a strikingly low retention rate beyond Year 10 of the rural Tasmanian students when compared to urban students or rural students from other states; rural school leavers had a need to and a great desire to work; female leavers made up nearly two-thirds of the unemployed; and the "disadvantaged" rural (the Huon) did not present more problems than other areas. Appendices include: 2 questionnaires, 37 interview transcripts, names and types of schools, and an employment scale. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Schools Commission, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Tasmanian Education Dept., Hobart (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Tasmania)