ERIC Number: ED317766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Reskilling Rita. Women's Access to TAFE in Australia: An Evaluation of Re-Entry Courses for Mature-Age Women, and Their Links to Further Study and Employment.
An evaluation of the New Opportunities for Women (NOW) program in Western Australia was undertaken. Questionnaires were mailed to a stratified random sample of NOW enrollees. Responses were received from 308 women, a 45.7 percent response rate. Findings included the following: 81 percent of NOW students went on either to paid employment or further study; 62 percent of all students who enrolled in a NOW course progressed to further study; 76 percent of students who took all 5 units of the integrated program progressed to further study; NOW facilitated access to further study irrespective of previous educational level; 75 percent of students who undertook further study did so at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges; 57 percent of NOW students found paid employment; and 44 percent participated in volunteer work. However, women's access courses struggled to survive on the margins of TAFE funding arrangements and within an often unsympathetic climate. Lack of services, such as child care, had prevented women from undertaking NOW. Among policy recommendations, the following were included: increasing efforts to provide NOW courses, dropping fees where they had been introduced, providing child care, and expanding courses for women with special needs. (The document also includes an extensive review of women's programs in Australia, a listing of terms and abbreviations, a 30-item bibliography, and 6 appendices that provide questionnaires and data tables.) (CML)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Ancillary School Services, Articulation (Education), Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educationally Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Limited English Speaking, One Parent Family, Outcomes of Education, Prisoners, Reentry Students, Retraining, Rural Population, Womens Education
TAFE National Centre for Research and Development, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: TAFE National Centre for Research and Development, Ltd., Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia