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Factors influencing students’ decisions about post-year 10 education

Beswick, Kim, Hay, Ian, Watson, Jane, Allen, Jeanne and Cranston, Neil 2012, Factors influencing students’ decisions about post-year 10 education, in AARE/APERA 2012 : Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association 2012 joint international conference, Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra, A. C. T., pp. 1-8.

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Title Factors influencing students’ decisions about post-year 10 education
Author(s) Beswick, Kim
Hay, Ian
Watson, Jane
Allen, Jeanne
Cranston, Neil
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association. Joint International Conference (2012 : Sydney, N. S. W.)
Conference location Sydney, N. S. W.
Conference dates 2 - 6 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings AARE/APERA 2012 : Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association 2012 joint international conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association Joint International Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Canberra, A. C. T.
Keyword(s) student retention
disadvantage
schooling
beyond the compulsory years of education
Tasmanian education
Summary This paper reports pilot data from an instrument devised as part of a large ARC funded project that aims, among other things, to investigate factors that influence the decisions of students in rural and/or disadvantaged areas to continue their schooling beyond Year 10. One section of the pilot student questionnaire comprised 42 items designed to reflect dimensions believed to influence these decisions. Participants responded on 5-point Likert scales indicating the extent of their agreement from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree with each of the items. We were interested in the extent to which the data supported the theoretical structure that underpinned the structure of the questionnaire and in testing the appropriateness of the language used. The large scale data collection will survey students from Years 5 to 11 with as few adaptations for differences in literacy levels across that range as possible. To this end, the pilot questionnaire was administered to Year 5 (n = 44) and Year 9/10 students (n = 50) with identical wording for both grade levels. A factor analysis of the complete data set (n = 94) provided initial evidence that being happy at school; having family support to continue with education, and appropriate curriculum options and extra-curricular activities, perceiving oneself as a high achiever both in general and in relation to mathematics, having teacher and peer support to continue, being positive about English, planning to be an apprentice, and having a job type in mind are dimensions worthy of further exploration in the larger study.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2012, AARE/APERA
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063734

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