ERIC Number: ED469920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Subject Choice by Students in Year 12 in Australian Secondary Schools. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth Research Report.
Fullarton, Sue; Ainley, John
Subject choice by students in year 12 in Australian secondary schools was examined by using data on the 1995 cohort participating in the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth project. The seven broad categories of English, mathematics, humanities and social sciences, economics and business, biological and physical sciences, and the arts accounted for some 75% of subject enrollments, with an increasing share of enrollments being taken up by technical studies and computer studies (in which enrollments were respectively 3.6% and 3.7% higher than in 1993). In all other subject areas except English, enrollments have decreased since 1993. Students' state of residence, gender, and earlier school achievement in literacy and numeracy proved three of the most important influences on subject choice by year 12. As in 1990 and 1993, males predominated in mathematics, physical science, technical studies, computer studies, and physical education, with females predominating in the other broad subject areas. Participation in vocational education and training (VET) was greater among those students who were from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, who had lower levels of earlier school achievement, and who were of English speaking background. VET participation was also greater among students from government and Catholic schools than from independent or rural schools. (Contains 31 tables and 10 references.)(MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Catholic Schools, College Bound Students, Comparative Analysis, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Disadvantaged, Educational Trends, Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, High School Seniors, High Schools, Literacy, Longitudinal Studies, Noncollege Bound Students, Numeracy, Rural Areas, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Technical Education, Urban Areas, 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
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth