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Gender inequality: A challenge for local learning and employment networks

John D. Ferrier
La Trobe University, Mt Buller, Victoria
The implications for all education age groups, including higher education, are that despite rising school retention rates and changing curricula, the educational needs of many boys are not being met until much later in life. Research indicates that not all students make a successful transition within school years, between years and to the workplace. Young people should be assured of the opportunity to engage and succeed in a social setting that is increasingly promoting lifelong learning.

Educational outcomes goals in Victoria have been set to include retention rates to year 12 and participation rates of 15-19 year olds, which are low in Victoria's north-east. Local Learning and Employment Networks state-wide, will put the focus on the needs of young people and emphasise cooperation between different providers and agencies rather than competition and division. The Networks will bring together schools, TAFE, ACE, local government, youth agencies, non-government schools and employers to work together for young people to raise retention and participation rates. Any increases against a reduction of size in this cohort are unlikely. If absence data is indicative, the data over two years show that engagement with schooling has deteriorated for secondary school students. School culture has been cited as a key factor in early school leaving and students disengaging from school. The Kirby Report included figures that showed dramatic differences in school retention rates in Year 12 completions across the regions of Victoria, and in the north-east, males are dropping out of school before Year 12 at twice the rate for females.

The inequalities for males in higher education can be shown to continue through university years and patterns of participation in tertiary education by young men differ markedly from those of young women.

Please cite as: Ferrier, J. D. (2003). Gender inequality: A challenge for local learning and employment networks. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/ferrier-abs.html

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