Predictors of participation in senior secondary languages

Wilks-Smith, N, Cooper, G and Johnson, R 2018, 'Predictors of participation in senior secondary languages', Babel, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 30-34.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Predictors of participation in senior secondary languages
Author(s) Wilks-Smith, N
Cooper, G
Johnson, R
Year 2018
Journal name Babel
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 30
End page 34
Total pages 5
Publisher Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations
Abstract Various stakeholders have called for changes in approaches to languages policy, in response to concerns about student participation, particularly in the senior secondary years of schooling in Australia. To examine the issue, predictors of students' senior secondary participation in Languages were investigated using the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) data. The analysis indicated that student characteristics including socio-economic status (SES), immigration status and location were significant predictors of students' participation. The discussion is positioned within a broader discourse about languages education in Australia and indicates that more should be done to accommodate learners who are under-represented in senior secondary languages programs. The findings of this study contribute to existing research on debates about equity and trends in languages participation.
Subject Secondary Education
Keyword(s) Language learning
senior secondary language learning
student participation
predictors of participation in languages learning
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