Rural and isolated school students and their higher education choices: a re-examination of student location, socio-economic background, and educational advantage and disadvantage


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University of Melbourne. Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE); University of Melbourne. Youth Research Centre; Australia. National Board of Employment, Education and Training. Higher Education Council (HEC)


The purpose of this study is to re-investigate one of the persistent inequities in Australian higher education, that of the relatively low participation rate of people from rural or isolated backgrounds. Research has shown that socioeconomic effects are generally more pronounced and pervasive that any effects of location. The study focused on the attitudes, goals and plans of Australian school students in their senior school years, including their hopes for further education at either university, TAFE or by apprenticeship. It involved a quantitative comparison by survey of urban and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Disadvantaged; Higher education; Students; Participation; Demographics; Teaching and learning; Equity

Keywords: Equal opportunity; Access to education and training; Postcompulsory education; Training participation rate; Rural; Education; Socioeconomic background

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: National Board of Employment, Education and Training, Higher Education Council, 1999

Physical description: xix, 121 p.

ISBN: 0642238715

Resource type: Government report or paper

Document number: TD/TNC 61.26

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