ERIC Number: ED339852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
From Senior Secondary to TAFE: Curricular Implications for TAFE of Increased Retention to Year 12.
A project examined the interface between schools and technical and further education (TAFE) in Australia and between schools and post-school vocational education in other countries. It focused on the effect of increased retention to year 12 on TAFE curricula. Information was gathered through a literature search, interviews with curriculum staff, and questionnaires sent to TAFE head teachers (252 of 422 responded) and state/territory senior curriculum officers (19 of 22 responded). Findings indicated that, although senior secondary retention rates were steadily growing across Australia, the number of academically more able students entering apprenticeships was not rising proportionally. Retention was related to socioeconomic background, type of school attended, location, and ethnicity. Senior secondary/TAFE linked courses increased the range of curriculum options for students and motivated some students in ways more traditional school subjects could not. Existing formal advanced standing arrangements between secondary education and TAFE were very limited. A key issue was the balance between a general education for the individual and vocational training for industry and the need for post-compulsory schooling relevant for all. Retention rates were only beginning to have an impact on TAFE curricula. In comparison with other countries, Australia's participation in post-compulsory education was still only in the average to low-average range. Recommendations are made for strategies to promote the importance of education and training to the community and for increased joint curriculum development. (Appendixes include 48 references, a comparison of TAFE and school business studies courses, questionnaires, and a report on schools/TAFE linked courses.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Dropouts, Foreign Countries, High School Graduates, Postsecondary Education, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Vocational Education
TAFE National Centre for Research and Development, Attn: Sales, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: TAFE National Centre for Research and Development, Ltd., Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; TAFE (Australia)