The plans of young people in Queensland for the year after they leave school

Brink, Katrina Victoria (2013). The plans of young people in Queensland for the year after they leave school MPhil Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Brink, Katrina Victoria
Thesis Title The plans of young people in Queensland for the year after they leave school
Formatted title
The Plans of Young People in Queensland for the Year after they Leave School
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Belinda Hewitt
Zlatko Skrbis
Total pages 98
Total black and white pages 98
Language eng
Subjects 160806 Social Theory
160506 Education Policy
1608 Sociology
1301 Education Systems
160809 Sociology of Education
Abstract/Summary In the literature on youth well-being and outcomes, the concept of future planning has become critically important. Future planning is not only necessary to avert risks in an increasingly individualized society but is also central to a society where tradition wanes and choices proliferate. This thesis examines the factors associated with the plans of Year 8 students for the year after they leave school. Using survey data from young people who participated in wave 1 of a large (N=6,536) longitudinal dataset in Queensland, Australia, this study explores a wide-range of plan choices. The majority of previous research on young people’s plans focuses on students who intend to go to university and considers all students with plans other than university as a homogenous group. This thesis expands on previous research, by examining a plurality of plan choices, including plans to: get a job; participate in Vocational and Educational Training (VET); take a gap year; or, join the armed forces as well as university. Young people who had ‘other’ plans or who reported they ‘don’t know’ what they planned to do were also included as separate groups. A multinomial logistic regression was used to analyse the seven plan categories in the dependent variable. The results suggest significant variation in the individual factors related to the plans young people have. Overall, students who were of higher socioeconomic backgrounds, female and not born in Australia were more likely to plan to attend university. Furthermore, students who planned to go to university and students who planned to take a gap year had similar socioeconomic backgrounds. However, students of higher socioeconomic background who reported that school was important to them, or reported a higher intelligence were more likely to plan to go to university than take a gap year. Interestingly, the results suggest that young people who reported that they ‘don’t know’ what they planned to do had many similar characteristics to young people who plan to take a gap year (e.g., gender, self-reported intelligence). Students with lower socioeconomic backgrounds were more likely to plan to get a job or participate in VET programs. However, boys were more likely to plan to participate in VET and girls were more likely to plan to get a job. These findings have implications for sociological theory, policy development, and future empirical research that relate to young people and planning.
Keyword Plans
Educational Aspirations
Young people - Australia
Gap Year

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