ERIC Number: ED454427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Equity and Local Participation in VET: Some Preliminary Findings in Sydney Postcodes. Working Paper.
More attention should be given to the local dimension of equity research. A question that must be asked is to what extent there is an unequal distribution of opportunities to participate in vocational education and training (VET) that is mirrored by area of residence in both urban and rural localities. Questions must also be asked about the extent to which relatively advantaged (employed and educated) individuals consume the resources allocated to a locality or region. Local analysis studies the characteristics of participants who live or work in a certain area. The characteristics of VET participants living in a postcode can be compared with the characteristics of that locality in general and with the profile of VET participants in the region or state using a "profiling" methodology. The representation of equity groups in particular areas may be explored by using information about VET participants from AVETMISS and Census mapping software. One conceptual model of VET participation, which is holistic or ecological in character, assumes that participation is a complex product of provider, area, and clientele factors. It suggests these three possible approaches to local equity analysis: area participation, catchment, and provider equity analyses. A study of Sydney postcodes has found that technical and further education is highest in areas where relatively disadvantaged people are living. (Contains 15 references, 3 tables, and 1 figure.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Developed Nations, Educational Research, Educational Status Comparison, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Local Issues, Local Norms, Participant Characteristics, Place of Residence, Postsecondary Education, Profiles, Regional Characteristics, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Participation, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/McIn.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia