Title

Improvements in equity in the participation of young people in higher education in Australia during the 1980s

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Carpenter, PG & Hayden, M 1993, 'Improvements in equity in the participation of young people in higher education in Australia during the 1980s', Higher Education, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 199-216.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01406952

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of the extent to which there were improvements in equity in the patterns of participation of young people in higher education in Australia during the 1980s. Data from the Youth in Transition longitudinal surveys of Australian youth are used to assess the effectiveness of the Labor Government's equity initiatives since 1983 in this area. The conclusion is that participation by young people in higher education in Australia did generally become more equitable under Labor during the 1980s, though differences in higher education participation rates persisted between certain sub-groups of the population.