ERIC Number: ED454442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Applying SEIFA Disadvantage Indexes to VET Participation. Working Paper.
Indexes of socioeconomic status (SES) are widely used in school and higher education because of the known relationship of low educational participation and achievement by socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Because an index of SES can predict which areas and social groups need to be "targeted" to improve educational participation, this methodology assumes that disadvantage is concentrated in particular localities. Some analysis of "area" disadvantage is an essential step in determining what policies can be effective in countering the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on post-school participation, especially vocational and technical (VET) education. However, SES is one among several useful dimensions, including the characteristics of "equity groups" and the particular strategies that are known to be effective in addressing VET needs. An approach can be taken where SEIFA indexes (Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas) are used to identify those localities in Australia where large areas of disadvantaged people live. The rationale for using such indexes springs not only from their widespread use in public policy but from the evident need to address the conceptual weakness of equity policy in the VET system. The SEIFA indexes predict areas with low achievement in education generally, but these areas are those with higher levels of VET participation and achievement. Economic factors may be more useful than educational and occupational measures to identify these potential VET clients. Further research will summarize an analysis of the application of SEIFA indexes to VET participation in disadvantaged urban regions. (Contains 15 references and 2 tables.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Environment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Geographic Regions, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Student Recruitment, Technical Education, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/0031McSEIF.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