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- Determinants of post secondary aspirations of secondary students
- Bowden, Mark; Doughney, James
- Students from socio‐economically disadvantaged backgrounds continue to be significantly underrepresented in higher education in many developed and underdeveloped countries. However, this, in and of itself, does not mean that equality of education opportunity has not been provided. In a recent paper we established that there is a significant gap between the number of secondary students from both low socio‐economic and non English speaking backgrounds aspiring to attend university and those obtaining a place. This paper continues to examine the underlying reasons for this shortfall by determining what variables effect the aspirations of year eleven and twelve students to attend university using a binary logit model. When considered individually (as two independent dummy variables), we find that the socio‐economic status of a student is not as significant as the ethnic background of the student in influencing student aspirations. Further, when the two effects are analysed as one set of dummy variables the socio‐economic background is found to be even less significant. In another interesting result we also find that having access to the Internet at home also increases the likelihood of a student choosing to continue study at university.
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- Book chapter
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Towards a new agenda for lifelong learning: access, diversity, and participation: the proceedings of the FACE Conference 2009 / Peter Jones, John Storan, Tony Hudson and Jeff Braham (eds.), pp. 35-44
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- FACE Publications
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- Copyright © 2010 FACE and contributors.