ERIC Number: ED351182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Where Did They Go? Northern Territory 1989 School Leaver Destinations. [Report 4/1991.]
This report presents a survey of students 15 years or older who left Northern Territory (Australia) urban and Aboriginal secondary schools during 1989. Telephone surveys were conducted with participants and mail questionnaires were used when telephone contact was not possible. Of the 1,971 students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who left urban and Aboriginal schools during or at the end of the 1989 school year, 62 percent were located to participate in the study. Results of the study suggest: (1) few females went on to higher education; (2) a high number of students resumed their education in other states in Australia; (3) 69 percent of school leavers moved into a destination of their choice; (4) students cited reasons associated with school progress and dissatisfaction with school as their reason for leaving; (5) females were represented most in the clerical and salesperson/personal service worker categories and males were represented most in the laborers and apprenticeship classifications; and (6) more students reported having left school to take up an apprenticeship course than for any other reason. Response from rural Aboriginal schools was low (only 49 school leavers responded) and 29 percent did not state a reason for leaving school and 27 percent gave completion of post-primary education as their reason. None of the respondents went on to any form of higher education or training. A large number of Aboriginal students reported that they did not find work after leaving school. (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, see RC 018 862.