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Apprenticeships And Traineeships: Participation, Progress And Completion, John Ainley, Steve Holden, Sheldon Rothman Oct 2010

Apprenticeships And Traineeships: Participation, Progress And Completion, John Ainley, Steve Holden, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This Briefing draws together findings from two LSAY Research Reports: Participation in and Progress through New Apprenticeships; and the VET Pathways Taken by School Leavers. They report on the characteristics of young people who become apprentices and trainees, their points of entry to, and patterns of progress, and completion of training.


On Track : School Completers Who Defer Tertiary Studies, Sheldon Rothman Jun 2010

On Track : School Completers Who Defer Tertiary Studies, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

A recent survey of Victoria’s school leavers has revealed a third of those living in regional areas put off university study and enter the workforce to qualify for Youth Allowance.


The On Track Survey 2009 : The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria : Statewide Report, Sheldon Rothman, Justin Brown, Kylie Hillman, Gary Marks, Phillip Mckenzie Apr 2010

The On Track Survey 2009 : The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria : Statewide Report, Sheldon Rothman, Justin Brown, Kylie Hillman, Gary Marks, Phillip Mckenzie

Dr Sheldon Rothman

Findings presented in this report are based on the On Track telephone survey of 36,022 Year 12 or equivalent completers and 4,676 early leavers from the 2008 school year in Victoria. Year 12 or equivalent completers are defined as those who completed a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL, Senior or Intermediate). The sample includes those who completed such qualifications in schools (98.7%), or in TAFE colleges or adult and community education providers (1.3%). Early leavers are defined as those students in Years 10, 11 and 12 ...


School Experiences Of 15 And 16 Year-Olds, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

School Experiences Of 15 And 16 Year-Olds, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This Briefing provides a summary of students’ experiences at school and their attitudes and perceptions of these experiences at ages 15 and 16. It is based on information obtained in both years from these young people who participated in PISA in 2003 and are now part of the LSAY 2003 cohort. Table 1 shows the distribution, by year level, of the cohort in both 2003 and 2004.


Post-School Education And Training Pathways To Age 20., Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Post-School Education And Training Pathways To Age 20., Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This Briefing summarises three recent LSAY research reports based on a sample of 13 613 young people who were in Year 9 in 1995. It focuses on those young people who entered formal post-school study at a university or a TAFE institution, or undertook an apprenticeship or traineeship since leaving secondary school. The majority of these young people completed Year 12 in 1998, and 1999 was their first year of post-school study. About one in five members of the cohort had left school before completing Year 12 and about 60 per cent of them entered some other form of study ...


Participation In Vocational Education And Training To Age 24, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Participation In Vocational Education And Training To Age 24, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

University study holds a distinct place in Australian society, as it provides a pathway into professional occupations. University graduates are consistently shown to have superior outcomes, in terms of employment and earnings. Does VET study provide an equivalent pathway for young people interested in non-academic careers? Are there similar benefits for those who participate in VET programs? The data for this Briefing are from the 1995 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). The findings reported here are from three recent LSAY research reports, which are listed at the end of this Briefing. The cohort comprises young people ...


Participation In Vocational Education And Training To Age 24, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Participation In Vocational Education And Training To Age 24, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

University study holds a distinct place in Australian society, as it provides a pathway into professional occupations. University graduates are consistently shown to have superior outcomes, in terms of employment and earnings. Does VET study provide an equivalent pathway for young people interested in non-academic careers? Are there similar benefits for those who participate in VET programs? The data for this Briefing are from the 1995 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). The findings reported here are from three recent LSAY research reports, which are listed at the end of this Briefing. The cohort comprises young people ...


Gender Differences In Educational And Labour Market Outcomes., Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Gender Differences In Educational And Labour Market Outcomes., Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

Despite numerous changes in policy and legislation, issues of gender equity in the Australian education system and labour market remain a concern of the Australian public. Males and females differ in academic performance at various points in their education; there are differences in the numbers of young men and women participating in education and training; men and women experience differential success in the labour market. This Briefing focuses on differences between young males and females on a range of educational and labour market outcomes. The educational outcomes include achievement on tests of reading and mathematics, retention in secondary school, performance ...


Sampling And Weighting Of The 2003 Lsay Cohort: Technical Report No. 43, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Sampling And Weighting Of The 2003 Lsay Cohort: Technical Report No. 43, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

The 2003 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) was drawn from the sample of 15 year-olds in Australian schools who participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2003. Australia was one of 41 countries that participated in PISA in 2003.


Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2001: Education, Employment And Interests, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2001: Education, Employment And Interests, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This is the third in a series of annual reports on the activities of the Year 9 class of 1998 in the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) project during the previous year. It provides details of the experiences of the cohort in 2001 and, when used with previous Cohort Reports for 1999 and 2000, can be used to monitor annual changes within the cohort.


The Lsay 2003 Sample Of 15 Year-Olds Wave 3 (2005) Technical Report No. 38, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

The Lsay 2003 Sample Of 15 Year-Olds Wave 3 (2005) Technical Report No. 38, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

In 2003, a nationally representative sample of approximately 12,500 15 year-old students was selected to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). More than 10,000 of these young people became the third cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. The PISA sample was constructed by randomly selecting fifty 15 year-old students from a sample of schools designed to represent state and sector. Assessments in mathematical literacy, reading literacy, scientific literacy and problem solving were administered to students in their schools to provide information on school ...


Lsay Cohort Report Of 15 Year-Olds In 2003: 15 Year-Olds In 2003, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report Of 15 Year-Olds In 2003: 15 Year-Olds In 2003, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the 2003 cohort of 15 year-olds of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). Information on this cohort was first collected in 2003 when these young people participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A follow-up telephone interview that year collected further information on the cohort. Information about the activities of the 2003 cohort of 15 year-olds in subsequent years is available in other reports in this series.


X, Y And Z: Three Decades Of Education, Employment And Social Outcomes Of Australian Youth, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman Jan 2010

X, Y And Z: Three Decades Of Education, Employment And Social Outcomes Of Australian Youth, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This paper focuses on three decades of findings from Australian longitudinal studies of adolescents and their transitions from secondary school to further education and training and the labour force. The presenters examine trends in young people’s participation in the post-compulsory years of school; completion of Year 12; participation in and completion of various forms of further education and training; employment rates and earnings; and leaving home and family formation. The data for this presentation come from a number of longitudinal survey programs, which are part of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. The oldest cohort comprises young people who ...


Movement Of Non-Metropolitan Youth Towards The Cities, Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Movement Of Non-Metropolitan Youth Towards The Cities, Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report focuses on a group of young people who were living in non-metropolitan areas in their final years of secondary school, and the pathways they followed in the years following secondary school, including their geographic mobility and participation in education, training and employment. Rural communities have long felt concern about the rate at which young people leave for urban areas, many never to return. This report analyses the issues involved by mapping the experiences of the same group of young people over an extended period of time. The authors investigate what pathways non-metropolitan youth follow in the years after ...


Participation In Vet In Schools, Hamish Coates, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Participation In Vet In Schools, Hamish Coates, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This Briefing looks at participation in VET in Schools programs by members of three groups of young people who have been part of LSAY since 1995, when VET in Schools offerings experienced sustained growth. The first group comprises young people who were in Year 9 in 1995 and included VET subjects as part of their Year 11 or Year 12 studies in 1997 and 1998. The second group comprises young people who were in Year 9 in 1998 and included VET subjects as part of their senior secondary studies in 2000 and 2001. Both of these groups participated in VET ...


Lsay Cohort Report Of 15 Year-Olds In 2003: 16 Year-Olds In 2004, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report Of 15 Year-Olds In 2003: 16 Year-Olds In 2004, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the experiences of the 2003 cohort of 15 year-olds of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) in 2004. Information on this cohort was first collected in 2003 when these young people participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A follow-up telephone interview that year collected further information on the cohort. The reference period for this report is 2004, when the age of respondents was 16 years. Information about the activities of the 2003 cohort of 15 yearolds in previous years is available ...


Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1995 In 2003, Sheldon Rothman, Catherine Underwood Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1995 In 2003, Sheldon Rothman, Catherine Underwood

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the experiences of the 1995 Year 9 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Information on this cohort was first collected in 1995, when these young people were Year 9 students in Australian schools. The reference period for this report is 2003, when the modal age of respondents was 22 years. Information about the 1995 Year 9 LSAY cohort’s activities in previous years is available in earlier reports in this series: McKenzie (2002), Rothman (2002), Rothman and Hillman (2003) and Hillman (2003).


The Lsay 2003 Sample Of 15 Year-Olds Wave 2 (2004) Technical Report No. 35, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

The Lsay 2003 Sample Of 15 Year-Olds Wave 2 (2004) Technical Report No. 35, Catherine Underwood, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

In 2003, a nationally representative sample of approximately 12,500 15 year-old students was selected to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). More than 10,000 of these young people became the third cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. The PISA sample was constructed by randomly selecting fifty 15 year-old students from a sample of schools designed to represent state and sector. Assessments in mathematical literacy, reading literacy, scientific literacy and problem solving were administered to students in their schools to provide information on school ...


Codebook: Lsay 2006 Sample Of 15 Year-Olds Wave 1 (2006) Technical Report No. 42, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Codebook: Lsay 2006 Sample Of 15 Year-Olds Wave 1 (2006) Technical Report No. 42, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

In 2006, a nationally representative sample of approximately 13 000 15 year-old students was selected to participate in OECD PISA. More than 10 000 of these young people became the fourth cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. The PISA sample was constructed by randomly selecting fifty 15 year-old students from a sample of schools designed to represent state and sector. Assessments in mathematical literacy, reading literacy, scientific literacy and problem solving were administered to students in their schools to provide information on school achievement for use in later analyses of educational and labour market participation. Students also completed ...


The Changing Influence Of Socioeconomic Status On Student Achievement: Recent Evidence From Australia, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

The Changing Influence Of Socioeconomic Status On Student Achievement: Recent Evidence From Australia, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This paper examines the influence of SES on student achievement using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), a national program of research on the transitions young people make from school. LSAY encompasses data from earlier Australian longitudinal studies—Youth in Transition (YIT; 1978-2002), the Australian Longitudinal Survey (ALS; 1984-1987), and the Australian Youth Surveys (AYS; 1989-1997)—and earlier studies of student achievement—Australian Studies in School Performance (1975 ASSP), the Australian Studies in Student Performance (1980 ASSP). At present, there are two active cohorts: those who were in Grade 9 in 1995 (1995 LSAY) and those who ...


Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2000: School And Non-School Experiences, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2000: School And Non-School Experiences, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the experiences of the 1998 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth in 2000. Information on this cohort was first collected in 1998, when these young people were Year 9 students in Australian schools.


Vet Experiences: What The Longitudinal Surveys Of Australian Youth Tell Us, John Ainley, David Curtis, Sheldon Rothman, Phillip Mckenzie Jan 2010

Vet Experiences: What The Longitudinal Surveys Of Australian Youth Tell Us, John Ainley, David Curtis, Sheldon Rothman, Phillip Mckenzie

Dr Sheldon Rothman

The VET sector provides several major pathways for young people from education to work and one of them is the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships combine participation in work and formal learning in an extended education and training structure that contributes to skill formation for individuals and the wider skills base. This paper uses Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth data to examine patterns of participation in and completion of apprenticeships. Participation in apprenticeship is a predominantly male activity associated with family backgrounds in skilled trades, realistic vocational interests and below average school achievement. Vocational interests developed by middle secondary school are associated with ...


Estimating Attrition Bias In The Year 9 Cohorts Of The Longitudinal Surveys Of Australian Youth: Technical Report No. 48, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Estimating Attrition Bias In The Year 9 Cohorts Of The Longitudinal Surveys Of Australian Youth: Technical Report No. 48, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This technical paper examines the issue of attrition bias in two cohorts of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), based on an analysis using data from 1995 to 2002. Data up to 2002 provided eight years of information on members of the Y95 cohort and five years of information on members of the Y98 cohort. This amount of time was considered adequate to evaluate the extent of attrition bias and the performance of weights in correcting for bias. At the time each cohort was drawn, the sample represented the population of 15 year-old Australian students attending Australian schools, but ...


Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2003, Sheldon Rothman, Catherine Underwood Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2003, Sheldon Rothman, Catherine Underwood

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the experiences of the 1998 Year 9 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Information on this cohort was first collected in 1998, when these young people were Year 9 students in Australian schools. The reference period for this report is October 2003, when the modal age of respondents was 19 years. Information about the cohort’s activities in previous years is available in earlier reports in this series: Fullarton (2001), Rothman (2001), Rothman (2002) and Hillman and Rothman (2003).


Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2002, Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998 In 2002, Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the experiences of the 1998 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (abbreviated to LSAY Y98) at a single point in time. Information on this cohort was first collected in 1998, when these young people were Year 9 students in Australian schools. The reference period for this report is October 2002. Most members of the cohort were in their first post-school year, having completed their secondary schooling at the end of 2001. Information about the cohort's activities in previous years is available in earlier reports in this series.


The On Track Survey 2008: The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman, Phillip Mckenzie, Gary Marks Jan 2010

The On Track Survey 2008: The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman, Phillip Mckenzie, Gary Marks

Dr Sheldon Rothman

Data presented in this report is based on the On Track telephone survey of 33,250 Year 12 or equivalent completers and 4740 early leavers from the 2007 school year in Victoria. Year 12 or equivalent completers are defined as those who completed a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL, Senior or Intermediate). The sample includes those who completed these qualifications in schools (the large majority), Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes, or adult and community learning organisations. Early leavers are defined as those students in Years 10, 11 and 12 ...


Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998: 21 Year-Olds In 2005, Catherine Underwood, Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Lsay Cohort Report The Year 9 Class Of 1998: 21 Year-Olds In 2005, Catherine Underwood, Kylie Hillman, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report provides details of the experiences of the 1998 Year 9 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). Information on this cohort was first collected in 1998 when these young people were Year 9 students in Australian schools. The reference period for this report is 2005, when the modal age of respondents was 21 years. Information about the 1998 Year 9 LSAY cohort’s activities in previous years is available in earlier reports in this series.


Career Advice In Australian Secondary Schools: Use And Usefulness, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman Jan 2010

Career Advice In Australian Secondary Schools: Use And Usefulness, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This report examines young people’s participation in career advice activities while at school and their perceptions of the usefulness of the advice they receive. The data are from the 2003 15 yearold cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). Most members of this LSAY Y03 cohort were in Year 10 in 2003. The present report examines how much career advice students accessed in Years 10, 11 and 12 across three years of data collection (2003–2005). A smaller group of the cohort is followed each year; this group was in Year 10 in 2003, Year 11 in ...


Achievement In Literacy And Numeracy By Australian 14 Year-Olds, 1975-1998, Sheldon Rothman Jan 2010

Achievement In Literacy And Numeracy By Australian 14 Year-Olds, 1975-1998, Sheldon Rothman

Dr Sheldon Rothman

This LSAY research report examines student achievement scores on tests of reading comprehension and mathematics from five studies conducted between 1975 and 1998. The data are from five studies involving young people in Australian schools: the Australian Studies in School Performance in 1975, the Australian Studies of Student Performance in 1980, the 1989 Youth in Transition study and the 1995 and 1998 Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth studies. The report examines literacy and numeracy trends for all students and for smaller groups of students, with results reported by gender, language background, socioeconomic status and location. Multivariate analyses examine how influences ...


Positive School Climate Helps Students Achieve Positive Results, Sheldon Rothman, Julie Mcmillan Jan 2010

Positive School Climate Helps Students Achieve Positive Results, Sheldon Rothman, Julie Mcmillan

Dr Sheldon Rothman

A recent ACER study of Year 9 students' results on reading comprehension and mathematics tests found that a positive school climate is associated with higher literacy and numeracy test scores. Socioeconomic status (SES), language background, Indigenous status, gender and educational aspirations were also found to have significant effects on achievement in both literacy and numeracy.