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ERIC Number: ED503404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-921412-56-1
ISSN: N/A
Disability and Learning Outcomes: How Much Does the Disability Really Matter? Occasional Paper
Karmel, Tom; Nguyen, Nhi
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
In 2005, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) produced a statistical compendium examining vocational education and training (VET) students with a disability as a whole group; it also compared different disability groups, focusing on their participation levels, achievements and outcomes from VET in 2003 (Cavallaro et al. 2005). The report found that, on the whole, educational achievements and outcomes from VET are relatively poor for students reporting a disability, but there is considerable variability between types of disability. In addition, educational achievement prior to commencing VET was found to have some bearing on students' results in VET. Generally, students reporting a disability in VET have lower prior education and poorer outcomes from VET than all other VET students. This implies that the poor educational performance of students reporting a disability may be due to their educationally disadvantaged position rather than their disability. The present paper seeks to highlight the direct effect of the disability by controlling for the background characteristics (notably educational background, but also age, level of study and field of study) in a simple statistical model. Findings indicate that the direct effect of the disability differs between groups, and is highest for those with a mental illness, a medical condition or a physical disability. Appended are: (1) Regression Results; (2) Average Values of Independent Variables in Calculation of Adjusted Module Completion Rate; and (3) Decomposing Module Completion Rates. (Contains 4 tables and 2 footnotes.) [This work has been produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) as a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.]
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. P.O. Box 8288, Stational Arcade, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Tel: +61-8-230-8400; Fax: +61-8-212-3436; e-mail: ncver@ncver.edu.au; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/index.html
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia