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ERIC Number: ED498632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8457-2642-3
Raising the Leaving Learning Age: Are the Public Convinced? A Survey of Parents and Teenagers. Research Report
Villeneuve-Smith, Frank; Marshall, Liz; Munoz, Silvia
Learning and Skills Network (NJ1)
This research explores the attitudes of parents and teenagers towards the proposals in the "Raising expectations" Green Paper. It is based on a public opinion poll of 920 parents and 380 teenagers in the United Kingdom, which ran between 30 March and 10 April 2007. The results were analysed by Learning and Skills Network statisticians. It begins by considering whether parents and teenagers broadly support the proposal to make it compulsory for all young people to remain in some form of compulsory education or training until their 18th birthday. It goes on to look in more detail at whether they agree with the suggested benefits of the proposals and how participation in learning might be enforced. There is a broad base of support for the change among adults, with 71.2% of parents agreeing that the proposals are a good idea. Teenagers, by comparison, are less enthusiastic about the proposals with only 50.5% expressing support for the change. Further analysis of the results shows that although there is considerable support for raising the leaving learning age, the picture is more complex than this over-arching figure would suggest, with both positive messages and a series of challenges for policy-makers. The following are appended: (1) Sample Characteristics; (2) Survey Questions (3) Survey Results; (4) Mosaic[TM] Groups; and (5) Market Research Guidelines. (Contains 13 figures, 22 tables, and 26 footnotes.) [This report was produced by the Learning and Skills Network, London, United Kingdom.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom