Parental education, pathways through senior secondary college and post-school outcomes in the ACT

Jenny Chesters presented this talk on 10 December as the second in a pair of talks about the work she is dong in this area. She’s using ACT Government data on about 1000 students, including Year 9 NAPLAN results as well as college pathway and post-school destination from a survey 6 months after students finished school. Jenny used multinomial logistic regression models and related the results to theoretical models including human capital theory. Implications for policy included the importance of encouraging students to take appropriate pathways through college including ATAR subjects whenever possible. Also employers in a range of industries are encouraged to offer part-time work to young people wherever possible. Her talk was part of the inaugural colloquium of the Research Group for Educational Leadership and Policy formed this year at the University of Canberra.

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