ERIC Number: ED353438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Students' Perceptions of TAFE. A Study of School Students' Views of TAFE as a Post-School Option.
Chapman, Greg; Smallwood, Jan
A study of secondary school students' perception of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) as a postsecondary education option in Australia collected data from group and individual interviews with 597 students, 22 principals, 26 career counselors, and 101 head teachers, as well as through questionnaires administered during the interviews. The following were among the findings: (1) students generally regard TAFE as a place where one can further one's education, but few are aware that TAFE may provide diplomas or associate diplomas; (2) many young people regard enrollment in a TAFE course as a step toward independence, but also as a place for dropouts; (3) many students' main source of information about TAFE is word of mouth; (4) about 66% of teachers consider that they do not have an adequate knowledge of TAFE; (5) the majority of staff regard TAFE as a second-best alternative to university; and (6) students tend to have a more positive view of TAFE than do their teachers. A number of strategies were recommended: (1) visits of TAFE staff to schools and visits of students and teachers to TAFE colleges; (2) information pitched at appropriate levels; (3) clear information about admissions; (4) joint TAFE-university enrollment procedures; and (5) media campaign highlighting successful TAFE graduates. (The document includes 25 references and 8 appendices containing the following: questionnaires; tabulated survey responses; and TAFE enrollment data.) (CML)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Foreign Countries, Institutional Advancement, Postsecondary Education, School Choice, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).