ERIC Number: ED469917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum and Careers: The Education and Labour Market Consequences of Year 12 Subject Choice. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Research Report.
Lamb, Stephen; Ball, Katrina
A study examined patterns of course enrollments in year 12 and consequences of student course enrollments on education, training, and work experiences to age 19 using data collected between 1990-97 by the Australian Youth Survey. Findings indicated course-taking patterns in year 12 varied substantially according to gender, early school achievement, socioeconomic status, type of school attended, and ethnicity. About 1 in 5 boys and 1 in 12 girls enrolled in maths and physical sciences; girls more often took biological sciences or chemistry with maths and humanities; about twice as many students from low socioeconomic status (SES) as from high SES backgrounds enrolled in courses combining vocational education and technology subjects; and nearly 25 percent of students from high SES and 15 percent from low SES backgrounds enrolled in maths and science. Young people from higher SES backgrounds, from private schools, who are higher achievers earlier in schools, and from non-English-speaking backgrounds tended more often to study courses that lead to higher education and the professions. Disadvantaged students tended to participate in courses leading to vocational education and training or more often to immediate entry to the labor market and experienced frequent spells of unemployment. (Contains 24 references, 16 tables, and 8 figures.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Course Selection (Students), Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Grade 12, High Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics, Non English Speaking, Sciences, Sex Differences, Social Background, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Unemployment, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.
Identifiers - Location: Australia