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Pathways or cul-de-sacs: the causes, impact and implications of part-time senior secondary study


Girls studyingThe Pathways Project investigated why a relatively high proportion of South Australian students undertake their senior secondary studies part-time, and explored the implications of this for the students and their communities.

It was an Australian Research Council-funded Linkage project 2004–2007.

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This project investigated the factors contributing to the relatively high proportion of SA students who undertake their senior secondary studies part-time, and explored the implications for the students and their communities in terms of educational and employment outcomes. It also mapped the geographic, gender and socioeconomic dimensions of this phenomenon and investigated whether there is a relationship between part-time senior secondary study, early school leaving and re-entry pathways. The project drew on recent state and national research, and educational policy analyses, together with qualitative and quantitative data analysis at the state and regional level, to enhance understandings of these issues and inform the development of educational and youth policy at the state and national levels. Participants at pathways project round table


Academic round table, 14 July 2006

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