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The significance of Australian vocational education institutions in opening access to higher education

Moodie, Gavin; Wheelahan, Leesa

Abstract:
Vocational education provides an educational but not a social ladder of opportunity to Australian higher education. Five dual-sector universities with significant enrolments in both vocational and higher education admit about twice the proportion of students transferring from vocational education as single- and mixed-sector universities. But since the students in the upper levels of vocational education have a socio-economic composition similar to higher education students, vocational education does not provide a social ladder of opportunity by increasing access by students from a low socio-economic status background. These are the results of statistics obtained from the Australian Department of Employment, Education, Training and Workplace Relations. The findings support the extension of dual-sector universities and other measures to articulate vocational and higher education, but suggest that more needs to be done to improve the representativeness of the upper levels of vocational education.

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Title of Paper: The significance of Australian vocational education institutions in opening access to higher education
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
City: Hoboken, New Jersey


Date:2009
Document Type:Other (Peer Reviewed)


File Size:180 KB
Additional information:Published in Higher Education Quarterly, volume 63, number 4, pages 356 - 370.
Date Added:10 September 2011


Moodie, Gavin; Wheelahan, Leesa (2009). The significance of Australian vocational education institutions in opening access to higher education.