National Report on Schooling in Australia 1996

Background

The National Report on Schooling in Australia provides a comprehensive account of schooling to the nation.

Where to find a copy

  • A copy of each report has been distributed by education departments to every school in Australia free of charge.
  • Copies of each report are lodged with all Australian State Libraries and with the National Library of Australia.
  • Download pdf of individual chapters from the links below.

National Report on Schooling in Australia, 1996

 

Table of contents

 

 

Preface

iii

 

Common and Agreed National Goals for Schooling in Australia

ix

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

 

1

THE CONTEXT OF AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLING

1

1. 1

Introduction

1

1. 2

Responsibility for schooling in Australia

1

1. 3

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs

2

1. 4

Objectives for schooling in Australia: national goals and 1996 priorities

4

1. 5

The structure of schooling in Australia

5

1. 6

Key statistics on schooling in Australia in 1996

6

2

RESOURCING AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

17

2. 1

Overview

17

2. 2

Principal areas of expenditure

17

2. 3

Recurrent funding

19

2. 4

Capital expenditure by State governments

24

2. 5

Commonwealth capital funding

24

2. 6

Expenditure as a proportion of GDP

25

3

TEACHERS AND TEACHING

2 6

3. 1

Overview

26

3. 2

Staff numbers and characteristics

26

3. 3

Teacher education

30

3. 4

Issues affecting teaching in Australia

33

4

FOCUS ON THE ATTITUDES OF STUDENTS

35

4. 1

The social objectives of schooling

35

4. 2

National Sample Study on the Social Objectives of Schooling

35

4. 3

Other research and additional data

43

5

EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS AND QUALITY SCHOOLING

46

5. 1

Introduction

46

5. 2

Towards quality and effectiveness

46

5. 3

Involvement of young people in schooling

47

5. 4

Vocational education in schools

50

5. 5

Beyond senior secondary schooling

51

6

FOCUS ON GEOGRAPHICALLY ISOLATED STUDENTS

56

6.1

Definition

56

6. 2

Schools and teachers for geographically isolated children

58

6. 3

Students attending CAP funded schools

60

6. 4

Issues of access, participation and outcomes

60

6. 5

Beyond CAP schools

63

7

OTHER EQUITY ISSUES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

67

7. 1

National Strategy for Equity in Schooling

67

7. 2

Achieving gender equity goals

67

7. 3

Work towards defining equity target groups

68

7. 4

Expenditure on equity target groups

68

7. 5

Achieving equity goals for students in target groups

71

7. 6

Attendance and retention of students in target groups

76

7. 7

Completion to year 12

78

7.8

Transition

79

8

FOCUS ON OUTCOMES IN NUMERACY

80

8. 1

Numeracy as a priority

80

8. 2

Student outcomes in numeracy - TIMSS

80

8. 3

Student outcomes in numeracy - reports from the States

82

8. 4

Student participation in mathematics courses

88

8. 5

Curriculum time for the Mathematics KLA

89

8. 6

Changed emphases in numeracy

89

8. 7

Teacher availability and training

90

8. 8

Research relating to numeracy

91

8. 9

Involving parents and the community in improving numeracy

91

8.10

Significant numeracy initiatives

92

8.11

Emerging or continuing issues

93

9

FOCUS ON SCIENCE

94

9. 1

Science in the curriculum

94

9. 2

Comparing achievement in science - TIMSS

94

9. 3

Student outcomes in science - reports from the States

95

9. 4

Student participation in science courses

97

9. 5

Curriculum time for the Science KLA

99

9. 6

Science initiatives and developments

99

9. 7

Emerging and continuing issues

101

9. 8

Impact of the national statement and profile

102

9. 9

Involving parents and the community in science education

103

10

OTHER AREAS OF CURRICULUM AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

104

10.1

Subject enrolments and participation

104

10.2

National School English Literacy Survey

106

10.3

Student outcomes in literacy

106

10.4

Achievement in other key learning areas

111

10.5

National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools

113

10.6

National LOTE sample data collection

114

10.7

Participation in languages other than English

117

STATE CHAPTERS

 

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

121

 

VICTORIA

135

 

QUEENSLAND

149

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

159

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

171

 

TASMANIA

181

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

195

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

211

 

COMMONWEALTH

219

 

List of tables

235

 

List of figures

240

 

Glossary

241

 

Acronyms and abbreviations

243