ERIC Number: ED351411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Where Did They Go? Northern Territory 1990 School Leaver Destinations. Report 1.
Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
A study was done of the destinations of secondary school dropouts in 1990 in the Northern Territory of Australia, focusing on aspects of the school-to-work transition. The study contacted students through mailed surveys and telephone interviews. Information on dropouts not contacted through these methods was gained from the Northern Territory Department of Education's Employment and Training Branch. Particular difficulty was encountered in obtaining information on rural aboriginal school leavers so that consequently the study focused primary on urban students. During the 1990 school year, 1,813 15-year-old students left the urban schools. Of those, 47.4 percent left to go to work, 35 percent left for further study of some kind, and 17.6 percent went to other destinations. Of the dropouts who went on to work most took jobs as clerks, salespersons, and personal service workers. A substantial number also entered apprenticeship programs. When former students were asked about their reasons for leaving school, dissatisfaction with school itself was the second largest single reason after the first reason: leaving the geographic area. Results of the questionnaire also found that 60 percent of participants intended to further their education in the future. Included are 20 tables and 9 figures. An appendix gives a classification if occupational groups used in the study. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Northern Territory)