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ERIC Number: ED541754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 62
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISBN: ISBN-9-781-9220-5624-5
The Impact of Schools on Young People's Transition to University. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Research Report 61
Gemici, Sinan; Lim, Patrick; Karmel, Tom
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
This report uses Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) data to look at the impact of schools on a student's tertiary entrance rank (TER) and the probability of them going to university (controlling for TER). It shows that the characteristics of schools do matter: although young people's individual characteristics are the main drivers of success, school attributes are also responsible for almost 20% of the variation in TER scores. The three most important school attributes for TER include sector (Catholic and independent/ government); gender mix (single sex/co-educational) and the extent to which a school is "academic". The socioeconomic status of schools didn't emerge as a significant influence on TER. For the probability of going to university, after controlling for TER, the most significant school characteristics include the proportion on non-English speaking background students; the sector; and the socioeconomic make-up of the student body. Appended are: (1) Descriptive statistics; (2) Student-level measures; (3) Factor analysis for SES measure; (4) Factor analysis for perceptions of schooling measure; (5) Technical details on multi-level modelling; (6) Results from multi-level modelling; and (7) Information on the Logistic scale. (Contains 21 tables, 13 figures and 29 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth