Educational outcomes: the impact of aspirations and the role of student background characteristics

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Author: Homel, Jacqueline; Ryan, Chris


The authors examine the relationships between student background characteristics, educational aspirations and educational outcomes using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). The methodology involved econometric analyses to determine whether student background factors influence Year 12 completion and university participation only via their indirect impact on aspirations. The results confirm the findings from previous studies: that aspirations have a large impact on educational outcomes. In general, aspirations have a similar impact on outcomes for those from...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Students; Disadvantaged; Participation; Performance; Secondary education; Indigenous people; Equity; Higher education; Statistics

Keywords: Aspirations; Outcomes of education and training; Attainment; Socioeconomic background

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2014

Physical description: 36 p.

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Series: LSAY research report; no. 65

ISBN: 9781922056894

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 115.16

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