Ambitions Revised: Grade 12 Learner Destinations One Year on

Ambitions Revised: Grade 12 Learner Destinations One Year on

By: Sekinah Sehlola (author), Michael Cosser (author)Paperback

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This monograph is the sequel to "Studying Ambitions: Pathways" from grade 12 and the factors that shape them, which investigated the aspirations for future study and/or work of 20 659 grade 12 learners across South Africa in 2005. "Ambitions Revised: Grade 12 Learner Destinations One Year On" tracks the same cohort of learners into their destinations one year later. Of particular interest to the research team was the sub-set of those who enrolled in teacher education programmes. The extremely low levels of interest in teaching first observed in a similar 2002 HSRC study are confirmed here - a finding which has implications for sustainable teacher supply and for the health of an education system upon which the future of the country depends. The study is the first in South Africa to reveal the post-matric destinations - including the labour market outcomes - of a nationally representative cohort of learners. As such it will be of interest to policy-makers and planners in various fields across the public and private sectors. "Ambitions Revised: Grade 12 Learner Destinations One Year On" is part of the "Teacher Education in South Africa" series. The series documents a wide-ranging set of research projects on teacher education conducted by the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme within the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), as part of a consortium of research partners. A comprehensive investigation of the dynamics shaping the professional development of educators, the series provides important reading for educationists, academics and policy-makers.

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Michael Cosser is a chief research specialist in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme at the HSRC. Prior to joining the HSRC, he was head of the Division of Standards Setting at the South African Qualifications Authority (1998-2000), lecturer in the Academic Development Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) (1993-1997), and junior lecturer in the Department of English, Wits (1988-1992). Sekinah Sehlola was until recently a research trainee in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme at the HSRC.


Organisation of the report; review of the literature; student choice behaviour, learner aspirations and learner pathways; teacher recruitment and retention; the research problem; research questions; research hypotheses; the research design; questionnaire design; sampling; response rates; data analysis; learners' destinations; present study and work situation; factors affecting student enrolment in a specified higher education institution; students in further education and training; students enrolled in an FET college; students enrolled in a private FET institution; factors affecting enrolment in an FET institution; learners still at school; professional aspiration; factors affecting preference for a specified profession; enrolment in education programmes in higher education; learners not studying; employment; profile of the employed; profile of the unemployed; experiences of 2006; first-year students' experiences of 2006; all learners' experiences of 2006; interpretation of key findings; translation of aspiration into enrolment; the school-to-labour market transition; testing the hypotheses; conclusion; assessing the aspirations gap; enhancing teacher recruitment.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/08/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780796922892
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9780796922892
  • weight: 398
  • ISBN10: 0796922896

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