Journal article

Post-school aspirations in regional Australia: an examination of the role of cultural and social capital

H Cuervo, Jenny Chesters, Lucinda Aberdeen

The Australian Educational Researcher | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019


The Australian Government’s efforts to increase the proportion of Australians with university-level qualifications has placed educational aspirations at the forefront of education policy. Despite increasing numbers of young Australians enrolling in higher education, regional and rural students continue to be underrepresented in university populations. Previous research shows that levels of social capital are positively associated with educational aspirations; therefore, in this paper, we examine the associations between access to various forms of social capital and aspirations for post-school study and employment. We conduct analysis of data collected from 460 students attending government s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The data analysed for this paper were collected as part of the 'Successful transitions from education to employment: A focus on Shepparton' Project which was funded by La Trobe University and led by Dr Lucinda Aberdeen. The survey instrument was based on the National Education Panel Study data collection which is part of the Framework Programme for the Promotion of Empirical Educational Research, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and supported by the Federal States.