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|
|City:||Hoboken, New Jersey|
|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|