ERIC Number: EJ1087451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Pathways through Secondary School in a Comprehensive System: Does Parental Education and School Attended Affect Students' Choice?
International Journal of Training Research, v13 n3 p231-245 2015
As the Australian labour market restructured during the 1980s and 1990s, Year 12 retention rates more than doubled between 1983 and 1993 secondary schools diversified to include vocational education and training programs as alternative pathways through school. From a human capital perspective, the completion of vocational qualifications in school may represent strategic investments that enhance labour market outcomes. Using data provided by the Education and Training Directorate of the Australian Capital Territory, this paper examines the links between parents' education and pathway through school. The results indicate that stratification within the comprehensive school system sorts students into different pathways according to parental education. After controlling for academic achievement in Year 9, students with lower-educated parents were more likely than those with university-educated parents to undertake a vocational education pathway. Furthermore, level of disadvantage of the school attended in Year 9 exacerbated rather than alleviated the effect of parental education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Background, Educational Attainment, Secondary School Students, Vocational Education, Nontraditional Education, Correlation, Social Stratification, Academic Achievement, Grade 9, Grade 12, Statistical Analysis, High School Graduates, Indigenous Populations, Certification, Graduation, Socioeconomic Status, Regression (Statistics), Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; High Schools; Grade 12
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia