ERIC Number: ED351180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Where Did They Go? Northern Territory 1988 School Leaver Destinations. Report 1/1991.
This report presents a survey of students 15 years and older who left Northern Territory (Australia) urban and Aboriginal secondary schools during 1988. The Northern Territory Department of Education and various institutions provided information on the background and destination of these students. It was possible to find information relating to only 63% of all students leaving urban schools, while it proved impossible to find a definitive figure for the number of students who left Aboriginal schools. The study indicates the following: (1) 2,559 students left urban schools in 1988; (2) 53% were students who were in their last year of school, 19% left school during or at the end of grade 10, 22% left during or at the end of grade 11, and 6% left before grade 10; (3) employment was the prime destination for the majority of urban school leavers, with further study being the second most frequent destination; (4) 40% of Aboriginal school leavers were employed under the Community Development Employment Program, with 38% taking up full-time employment; and (5) 81% of Aboriginal students who were not in full-time postsecondary education were unemployed. This study suggests areas of possible intervention including career counseling beginning in grade 8 and establishing more training opportunities for girls. This report contains numerous graphs and tables illustrating survey results. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Labour and Administrative Services.
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Aboriginal Schools (Australia); Australia (Northern Territory)
Note: Report presented at the Meeting of the Rural Education Research Association (Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, February, 1992). For the 1898 study study, see RC 018 864.