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Can evaluating Indigenous students' aspirations make a difference? Results of an evaluation study

Education Labour force Aboriginal Australians Torres Strait Islanders Australia
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This paper presents findings from a study on the educational and occupational aspirations of Indigenous secondary students, which was commissioned by the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training. 1,686 urban and rural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous secondary students were surveyed about their life goals, employment and education aspirations, family background, perceived views of parents on the value of education, career advice, preferences for further education, perceived academic ability, and enjoyment of school. One finding of concern was the impact of low self concept and career advice on the aspirations of Indigenous students. The author concludes with policy recommendations.

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