ERIC Number: ED454433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Early School Leavers in the Community. Working Paper.
McIntyre, John; Melville, Bernice
The experiences of early school leavers in a New South Wales Central Coast community during the year after they left school were examined to identify ways of easing their transition into the community and the work force. Data were collected through interviews with community service providers, representatives of educational agencies, refuge workers, and local employers. Few schools had a system for providing early school leavers with information about their options. Unlike in Europe, the responsibility of schools to early leavers in the North Coast appeared to be minimal and did not embrace the idea that early school leavers should be followed up via some well-established community-based arrangements. Because many early leavers left school too suddenly for the school to intervene or left "under a cloud," they were unlikely to receive sympathetic farewells and relevant information, even though they are the students most in need of information and support. It was concluded that the reason early school leavers pose such a problem for policy is because Australia's vocational education and training system remains based on the historical dominance of the apprenticeship system. Greater integration of education and training arrangements with the local community and its employer networks and support services was recommended. (Contains 32 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Coordination, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Programs, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Systems Approach, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/0005Melv.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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