Increasing Participating in Post-Compulsory Education: Premises, Promises and Problems

Year: 1986

Author: Connelly, Desmond

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Deteriorating economic conditions sharpen concern about those sections of the 16-19 age group not participating in formal education. Differing views are held about the kind of education best calculated to equip them for a productive role in society. Curricula termed balanced, comprehensive and vocational are all found to be in themselves inadequate for engaging the interest of this group of young people. Both in the U.K. and in Australia there is growing recognition that increased participa- tion in post-compulsory education depends most particularly on reforms in teaching methods. The investment of substantial resources in the retraining of teachers is a necessary but not fully acknowledged pre-condition for reform.