ERIC Number: ED405495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Choice and Information: Adolescents' Subject Selection in Australian Schools.
Warton, Pamela M.
A study examined subject choice for 16-year-olds (year 10 students) in schools in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The sample contained students from 10 NSW coeducational government schools, 8 of which were in the outer-metropolitan regions of Sydney and 2 in a country region. In all, 1,048 students (528 males) who reported they were continuing to year 11 studies completed the questionnaire on subject choice. A total of 31 percent of students stated their current school did not offer the particular choice of subjects they wanted; 19.5 percent did not know whether their choice was available. Approximately 10 percent intended changing schools for the senior years; only 32 percent of them gave subject choice as the reason for the move. Seventy percent reported they were given the relevant information about subjects by their school; almost half sought information about subject choices from additional sources. Approximately half the students claimed they knew nothing about offerings at nearby schools; 26.7 percent said they knew a little. The majority of students (70 percent) said they received information from parents and/or teachers, with career advisors (64 percent) and friends (65 percent) also being consulted. Students gave other information sources--potential employers, work experience contacts, or other schools very high ratings. Most reported using multiple sources. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia