Research reports

Research reports examine policy-relevant issues and comprise original analysis using the LSAY data sets and other extant data where relevant. Topics explored cover school, post-school study and transitions, work and equity groups.

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  • 1 July 2005
    Attitudes, intentions and participation
    1 July 2005
    This report investigates the relationship between students' attitudes to school and their intentions to participate in education and training. It follows how these attitudes influence participation…
  • 1 June 2005
    Course change and attrition from higher education
    1 June 2005
    This report looks at the pathways of recent school leavers who enter the higher education sector in Australia. It focuses on the first three years following senior secondary school. It aims to…
  • 1 May 2003
    School leavers in Australia: Profiles and pathways
    1 May 2003
    This report examines the process of school leaving and the transition from school to post-compulsory education, training and the labour market. Young people who do not stay on to complete senior…
  • 1 September 1999
    Curriculum and careers: The education and labour market consequences of Year 12 subject choice
    1 September 1999
    This publication looks at the patterns of course enrolments in Year 12 and the consequences of students' course enrolments on their education, training and work experiences to age 19. It examines the …
  • 16 December 2010
    Returns from education: an occupational status approach
    16 December 2010
    Attaining higher levels of education brings with it many benefits for an individual, such as more employment choices, higher income and greater job security. A more educated society contributes to…
  • 1 July 2002
    Student engagement with school: Individual and school-level influences
    1 July 2002
    This report examines students' overall engagement in school. The following key factors were examined: the influence of socioeconomic background; the influence of gender on students' engagement…
  • 1 September 2000
    Non-completion of school in Australia: The changing patterns of participation and outcomes
    1 September 2000
    This report focuses on the numbers of Australian young people who do not complete Year 12. It includes those who do not continue secondary school beyond Years 10 and 11 as well as those who leave…
  • 1 October 2003
    Influences on achievement in literacy and numeracy
    1 October 2003
    This report looks at factors that contribute to differences in literacy and numeracy skills amongst Year 9 students in Australian schools. It asks how much of the variation in student literacy and…
  • 5 July 2012
    School completion: what we learn from different measures of family background
    5 July 2012
    This paper quantifies the impact of different dimensions of socioeconomic disadvantage on Year 12 completion by employing a comparative analysis of one data set that has been used extensively to…
  • 1 March 2006
    Variations in VET provision across Australian schools and their effects on student outcomes
    1 March 2006
    This report looks at the impact of vocational education and training (VET) provision on school completion rates and on initial post-school outcomes for different groups of students. Schools were…