ERIC Number: ED470943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Through TAFE for Voluntary and Paid Work: A Survey of TAFE Students. Working Paper.
Smith, Chris Selby; Hopkins, Sonnie
Students in two Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes were surveyed (862 usable responses from 1,700 metropolitan students, 297 from 1,008 regional students). Focus group discussions were held with three metro and five regional students. A higher proportion of regional than metro students were volunteers or wanted to volunteer. Females in both areas were more likely to be volunteers or would-be volunteers. Students whose first language was not English constituted a large proportion of would-be volunteers. Substantial differences in volunteers and would-be volunteers were found by field of study. Full-time students were more likely to be volunteers or would-be volunteers; 79% of part-time metro and 58% of part-time regional students were not interested in volunteering. The predominant motivation for TAFE study was preparation for paid employment; however, 10% of regional and 3% of metro students thought volunteer work would enhance their employability. In three fields (business studies, natural resource management, social/community services and health), studies and volunteer work were somewhat related. Responses indicate there is a significant pool of potential volunteers among these students, especially at the metropolitan institute. (Appendices contain the questionnaire, tables of responses from each institute, and descriptions of the relationship between volunteer work and six fields of study.) (SK)
Descriptors: College Students, Education Work Relationship, Females, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Full Time Students, Motivation, Part Time Students, Rural Urban Differences, Student Participation, Student Surveys, Technical Institutes, Volunteers, Work Experience
For full text: http://www.education.monash.edu.au/centres/ceet/WP38.rtf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia). Centre for the Economics of Education and Training.