Subject Choice: A Critical Issue in Secondary Schools

Year: 1986

Author: Washbourne, Malcolm, Simpson, Stephen

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The Beazley and McGaw reports on Western Australian Education recommended greater flexibility in upper secondary curricula to meet student needs and interests while retaining opportunities for specialization and tertiary entry.

Staff and student interviews and questionnaires to Year Ii cohorts from two schools, were used to examine information dissemination effectiveness and factors students took into account when choosing subjects. Results revealed changes from traditional choice patterns. Many students felt they did not have enough information to make good choices and large numbers of students were dissatisfied with current selections. Reasons for and areas of dissatisfaction are reported and discussed.