ERIC Number: ED463459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Student Flows through Australian TAFE Courses.
Foyster, John; Fai, Hon Kok; Shah, Chandra
The outcomes achieved by individuals who were enrolled in Australian technical and further education (TAFE) institutes were examined by analyzing national data collected by Australia's National Centre for Vocational Education Research for 1994-1996. The study focused solely on the progress of TAFE-institute-based students and excluded all enrollments relying on recognition of prior learning or credit transfer. The study model provided the first national estimates of the probabilities of completion, partial completion, and noncompletion of a TAFE course. Although the rate of successful outcomes was high for courses as a whole, considerable variation by students' age and sex, fields of study, and streams of study was discovered. More than 79% of TAFE enrollees complete their course either fully or partially. The probabilities of completion or partial completion are substantially higher for one- and three-year courses than for two-year courses. On average, completion rates for males and females are similar. Age affected completion patterns, but in a complex manner that depends on course length. Students' probabilities of success in TAFE range from 0.93 to 0.51, depending on their streams and fields of study. (Twenty-five tables/figures are included. Appended are 65 tables detailing streams and fields study and the study dataset. (Contains 25 tables/figures and 22 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Age Differences, Course Selection (Students), Definitions, Educational Attainment, Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, Influences, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Print edition: Stock no. 456, ISBN-0-87397-628-2; $33 Australian). Tel: 08-8333-8400, Fax: 08-8331-9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr96155.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia