ERIC Number: ED351375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Expectations of School Leaver Applicants.
Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
As a step in ensuring positive and constructive links between business and education through research, this study was conducted to assess employer views of student assessment and credentialing processes in the Northern Territory (Australia), replicating a study conducted in New South Wales (Australia). A questionnaire was completed by 206 employers (out of 500 employers contacted by mail) to determine their views, and structured group discussions were held in workshop sessions attended by about 40 participants (employers, representatives of the Rotary Club, and school system employees). A high percentage of employers placed particular emphasis on presentation of self, oral communication, and standard of dress as important attributes for school leavers (graduates). Presentation and organization of supporting documents were seen as almost as important. Most employers did take into consideration the subjects the school leaver applicant had studied, and nearly all placed high importance on English and mathematics. A majority placed high importance on computer studies, commerce, and economics; and about two-thirds placed high importance on the sciences and technical studies. Findings should enable the Northern Territory schools to make better decisions about students' needs and reporting practices to reflect assessment for employers. Appendixes contain: (1) the questionnaire used; (2) responses to questionnaire items; (3) the workshop agenda; (4) focus questions for the workshop groups; and (5) a list of participants. There are 17 tables of study data and 12 illustrative figures. (SLD)
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Credentials, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Job Applicants, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Mail Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Vocational Education, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Northern Territory)
Note: A joint research project conducted with the Education Advisory Council with assistance from the Rotary Clubs of Darwin and Alice Springs.