ERIC Number: ED436630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Succeeding against the Odds. The Outcomes Attained by Indigenous Students in Aboriginal Community-Controlled Adult Education Colleges.
Durnan, Deborah; Boughton, Bob
A study examined the outcomes attained by 389 indigenous students who completed programs at the 4 largest Aboriginal community-controlled adult education colleges in the 9-member Federation of Independent Aboriginal Education Providers (FIAEP). The survey, which elicited a 57% response rate, established that, although a very large percentage of the students surveyed had the most severely disadvantaged backgrounds, their educational outcomes were higher than the outcomes attained by indigenous peoples in the vocational education and training (VET) sector overall. The students' employment rate rose from less than 20% before completion of their course to 36% afterward, and an additional 13% of students obtained new paid employment or self-employment after completion of their course. Of the students surveyed, approximately one-third continued their study within the sector after completing their course, another 24% undertook further education and training elsewhere, 21% credited their educational experience with helping them sort out their lives, and more than 36% credited their course with increasing their confidence. (The report contains 33 references and 51 tables. Appended are the following: VET courses and programs offered by the FIAEP in 1997, selected Australian vocational education and training statistics, official definitions of employment-related terms, and survey questionnaire.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Community Schools, Course Descriptions, Definitions, Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Indigenous Populations, Institutional Characteristics, Learning Activities, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Services, Statistical Data, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia