Socioeconomic background and higher education participation: an analysis of school students’ aspirations and expectations

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Author: James, Richard

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Australia. Department of Education, Science and Training. Evaluations and Investigations Programme (EIP); University of Melbourne. Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Differential higher education participation rates between community groups are found in most developed nations, despite the overall expansion of higher education towards mass systems. Imbalances in higher education participation remain a problem in Australia. This report is concerned with one underrepresented group, people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. On crude figures, Australians from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have roughly half the likelihood of participating in higher education as Australians from medium and higher socioeconomic backgrounds. This degree of inequity has...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Students; Higher education; Providers of education and training; Secondary education; Career development; Research; Equity

Keywords: Survey; Aspirations; Secondary school; Career goal; Opinion; Attitude; Socioeconomic background

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Department of Education, Science and Training, 2000

Physical description: xiii, 85 p.

ISBN: 0642772665; 0642772673

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 87.2344

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