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Equity in the Learning Society [microform] : Rethinking Equity Strategies for Post-Compulsory Education and Training / Louise Watson, Peter Kearns and John Grant
Bib ID 5677201
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Watson, Louise
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2000 
59 p. 
ISBN 9780873976589

Existing equity strategies for postcompulsory education and training in Australia were examined to assess their effectiveness in a learning society. First, the equity and access policies in schools, vocational education and training (VET), higher education, and adult community education were compared. Next, educational outcomes of target groups in each sector were examined to identify patterns of participation for specific disadvantaged groups and to determine the extent to which structural factors affect patterns of participation in each sector. The feasibility of developing access and equity policies that would transcend sectoral boundaries was also explored. The following were among the study's key findings: (1) government equity strategies could be improved by targeting low socioeconomic status students within all equity groups, reporting performance so as to focus on outcomes, and strengthening pathways to employment from education and training; (2) performance reporting could be improved by collecting and publishing data in all sectors to the standard set by the VET sector; and (3) although it is not necessary to redefine equity in the context of lifelong learning, governments may need to develop new approaches to equity policies and programs to ensure that workers are able to participate effectively in the knowledge economy. (Contains 130 references.) (MN)


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Sponsoring Agency: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.

ERIC Note: "This research project was undertaken for NCVER by LifeLong Learning Network in association with Global Learning Services Pty. Ltd.".


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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Persistence.  |  Access to Education.  |  Accountability.  |  Adult Education.  |  Adult Programs.  |  Community Education.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Definitions.  |  Disabilities.  |  Disadvantaged.  |  Education Work Relationship.  |  Educational Attainment.  |  Educational Needs.  |  Educational Opportunities.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Educational Strategies.  |  Educational Trends.  |  Enrollment Trends.  |  Equal Education.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Government School Relationship.  |  Indigenous Populations.  |  Lifelong Learning.  |  Needs Assessment.  |  Non English Speaking.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Participation.  |  Partnerships in Education.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Postsecondary Education.  |  Rural Areas.  |  Rural Education.  |  Secondary Education.  |  Special Needs Students.  |  Technical Institutes.  |  Trend Analysis.  |  Universities.  |  Vocational Education.  |  Womens Education.  |  Australia  |  Impact Studies Learning Society
Form/genre Information Analyses.  |  Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Kearns, Peter, author  |  Grant, John, author  |  Cameron, Barry, author  |  National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia)
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