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ERIC Number: ED469912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
School Achievement and Initial Education and Labour Market Outcomes. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Research Report.
Lamb, Stephen
A study explored relationships between literacy and numeracy achievement (measured at age 14 in junior secondary school) and education, training, and labor market outcomes (measured at age 19). Data were from the Australian Youth Survey, a longitudinal survey of youth interviewed annually on school experiences, post-school education and training participation, and work activities. Participants were 2,128 16-year-olds interviewed first in 1991 and 1992. At age 14, school achievement was measured by reading comprehension and numeracy tests. Findings at age 19 indicated that school completion was strongly related to earlier numeracy and literacy skills; less than 50 percent of boys with poor literacy or numeracy skills completed school; university entry rates depended strongly on literacy and numeracy achievement; numeracy skills were more discriminating for girls, literacy skills for boys; young people with weak literacy and numeracy skills were less likely to enrol in technical and further education courses; participants in apprenticeships were more often low to very low achievers in literacy and numeracy skills; job seekers with weak numeracy and literacy skills experienced the longest periods of unemployment in teenage years and were more likely to experience long-term unemployment; teenagers with good literacy skills far more often worked in white collar jobs, those with poor skills in skilled manual and laboring occupations; average weekly earnings at age 19 were higher for high achievers in literacy and numeracy. (Contains 11 references and 31 figures.) (YLB)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A