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Tytler, Russell – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2007
Australian Education Review (AER) 51 elaborates on issues raised by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Research Conference 2006: "Boosting Science Learning--What Will It Take?" It challenges current orthodoxies in science education and proposes a re-imagining that charts new directions for science teaching and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers
Meiers, Marion; Khoo, Siek Toon; Rowe, Ken; Stephanou, Andrew; Anderson, Prue; Nolan, Kathy – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2006
The development of strong foundational literacy and numeracy skills for all students is a very high priority for schools, education systems and governments. The ways in which children develop these skills during the crucial years of primary education are of major interest to all concerned with students' learning and development. The ACER…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Gender Differences, Academic Achievement, Numeracy
Elliott, Alison – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2006
Although a good beginning is well recognised as the foundation for future development, health and wellbeing, not only in the early years, but also throughout life, policy and practice in early education and care in Australia still lack focus and integration. Using metaphors of patchworks and crossroads, the author discusses this issue, outlining…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Equal Education
Matters, Gabrielle – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2006
This review paper identifies and captures the major themes from the ACER 2005 Research Conference, distilling ideas and information from the conference papers and also from conversations that took place during the conference. The paper also looks at what are claimed to be effective ways of using data to improve student learning in schools. How…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Conference Papers, Educational Research, Conferences (Gatherings)
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
Marks, Gary N. – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2006
This report focuses on the transition to full-time employment of young people who do not go to university. The majority of Australia's school leavers do not enroll in university, and it is important to better understand the pathways that they follow. The report uses a substantial longitudinal dataset to map the dynamics of the youth labour market,…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Employment, Part Time Employment, Unemployment
Dockery, Alfred Michael – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
In this report data from the 1995 Year 9 Cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is used along with a variety of empirical approaches to assess the benefits of additional years of schooling for various groups of youth conditional upon their estimated propensity to engage in further schooling. Background material is provided…
Descriptors: Salaries, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Human Capital
McMillan, Julie – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This report examines the pathways of recent school leavers who enter the higher education sector in Australia. The focus is on the first three years after completing senior secondary school. The report has four broad aims: (1) to provide estimates of the proportions of entrants who change courses or leave the higher education sector before…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Labor Market, Higher Education
Hillman, Kylie – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This report examined the experiences of young people during their first year of tertiary education. The data used in this report are drawn from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), which study the progress of cohorts of young Australians as they make the transition from secondary school to work and further education and training,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Adult Education, Postsecondary Education
Khoo, Siek Toon; Ainley, John – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This report examines the relationship between students' attitudes to school and intentions to participate in education and training, and the influence of these attitudes and intentions on participation in Year 12 and in further education and training. Students' attitudes to school, educational intentions and attainments are considered in the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Participation, High School Students, Foreign Countries
Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This research study investigated the patterns of course choice in Year 12, and the consequences of these choices. The literature has pointed to differences in curriculum participation according to background variables such as social background and gender. If these choices lead to different but equal outcomes then there is no problem: there are…
Descriptors: Grade 12, Course Selection (Students), Postsecondary Education, Student Participation
Hillman, Kylie; McMillan, Julie – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
Prepared by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) under an agreement with the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), this report has three broad aims: (1) To describe the relationship between life satisfaction and participation in a range of post-school education, training and labour market…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Employment, Adult Education, Labor Market
Ainley, John; Corrigan, Matthew – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
New Apprenticeships provide a pathway from school to adult working life for a significant proportion of each cohort of young people and thus make a potentially important contribution to the formation of skills for individuals and for the community as a whole. New Apprenticeships are based on a formal combination of study and work that links…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Apprenticeships, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries
Hillman, Kylie – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This report focuses on a group of young people who are not involved in full-time education or the labour force, that is, they are not studying full-time, nor are they working or looking for work. The data used in this report are drawn from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), which studies the progress of cohorts of young…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Foreign Countries, Education Work Relationship, Profiles
Marks, Gary N. – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This report focuses on Year 12 students who apply to go to university but are not offered a place. This group is commonly referred to as indicating a level of unmet demand for university. The size and nature of the group are potentially important considerations in planning higher education. The report compares the Applied, no offer group with…
Descriptors: College Applicants, Young Adults, Socioeconomic Background, Educational Background
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