Attitudes of Aboriginal students to further education

Year: 1998

Author: Richer, Kaye, Godfrey, John, Partington, Gary, Harslett, Mort, Harrison, Bernard

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In this paper the attitudes of Aboriginal students to further education is examined. Seventy Aboriginal children from the Eastern Goldfields area of Western Australia were surveyed regarding their school experience and their attitudes to further education. Students from upper primary (Years 6 and 7) and secondary years of schooling (Years 8 to 12) responded to a questionnaire covering various aspects of their schooling, their intentions to remain at school and their future education.

The questionnaire contains seventy one items constructed with a four point Likert scale. An analysis of the questionnaire indicated that it was highly reliable when all the questions are considered and within its sub sections.

The paper reports these Aboriginal students responded highly positively on a number of significant features in regard to their attitudes to schooling. They had positive attitudes to school, intended to remain at school to the end of year 12 and wished to succeed in further education. Statistical analyses of the questionnaire will be presented with implications for Aboriginal Education.