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Lamb, Stephen – Australian Journal of Education, 1998
After a period of dramatic growth in secondary school completion in Australia, school retention rates are declining. Analysis of state, system, geographic, social, and gender patterns suggests that during the 1990s the downturn in completion rate has been uneven; some groups who had come to rely on schooling during the 1980s for future economic…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Education Work Relationship
Helme, Sue; Lamb, Stephen – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2011
School completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are well below the rates for non-Indigenous students. The target of halving the gap by 2020 in Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students is a major national challenge. This paper discusses the causes of low completion rates for…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Graduation Rate, Equal Education, Pacific Islanders
Lamb, Stephen; Maire, Quentin; Walstab, Anne; Newman, Graeme; Doecke, Esther; Davies, Merryn – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2018
Improving the educational outcomes of the various disadvantaged groups, such as Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, learners with low prior educational attainment and individuals from non-English speaking backgrounds, is a focus of many government policy initiatives centred on social inclusion. This research takes a regional approach…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Outcomes of Education, Indigenous Populations, Educational Attainment
Lamb, Stephen; Vickers, Margaret – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2006
Vocational education and training (VET) represents one of the most significant reforms to the senior secondary curriculum in Australian schools over recent decades. Introduced to expand curricular options and provide work-based training and qualifications, the numbers of students participating in VET have more than trebled since the mid-1990s.…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education, Longitudinal Studies
Lamb, Stephen; Rumberger, Russell – 1999
A study examined experiences of early leavers in the United States (US) and Australia in the first two years beyond high school. Data were from these comparable longitudinal surveys: US data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988; Australian data from the 1975 cohort of the Youth in Transition surveys. Findings indicated similar…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Blue Collar Occupations, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education
Haukka, Sandra; Keating, Jack; Lamb, Stephen – National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 2004
Financing vocational education and training, as part of Australia's commitment to lifelong learning, will become a greater challenge as increased spending on other public services, such as health and welfare caused by an aging population, constrains government education expenditure. This report examines a range of mechanisms to encourage…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages), Lifelong Learning, Educational Finance
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Lamb, Stephen – Youth & Society, 1994
Examines changes in the characteristics and outcomes of school dropouts in Australia during the 1980s. Schools recruited more broadly among females during this period, which weakened the association between dropping out and social background. For males, social differences remained entrenched. Both genders experienced steep increases in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate
Lamb, Stephen; McKenzie, Phillip – 2001
Patterns of success and failure in the transition from school to work in Australia in the 1980s-1990s were examined by analyzing data from the Australian Youth Survey. Of those studied, 20% found full-time jobs upon leaving school and remained in full-time employment for the next 7 years, 13% obtained apprenticeships or traineeships leading to…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment
Lamb, Stephen; Long, Michael; Malley, Jeff – 1998
A study examined access and equity in vocational education and training (VET) in Australia for youth from different social and educational backgrounds using data from a program of national longitudinal surveys. Secondary VET participation was low; youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were more likely to enroll; and students were more likely…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Apprenticeships, Educational Background
Lamb, Stephen; Dwyer, Peter; Wyn, Johanna – 2000
The changing patterns of noncompletion of school in Australia during the 1980s and 1990s and the outcomes of noncompletion were examined by analyzing data from the Australian Longitudinal Survey and the Australian Youth Survey. Despite improvements in completion rates among youths from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds and those in…
Descriptors: Academic Education, Academic Persistence, Apprenticeships, Definitions