Project Details

Achievement, Family Background and Post-school Transition in Hong Kong: The impact of Student Characteristics and Institutional Arrangements on Work and Futher Study Destinations.

What happens when young people finish school in Hong Kong? Does it matter who they are, where they live, what school they attended, and what stream of study they undertook? How do these factors influence student destination in the labour market or further study or training? To find out, our plan is to track a sample of young people from the end of their first year of upper secondary schooling through to university, technical institutes and/or employment. The sample will be structured so that young people from a range of different backgrounds and school settings will be included and the relative influence of background and setting can be measured. While we investigate transitions in Hong Kong, teams of other researchers (independently funded) will be conducting the same study in six major cities in Europe, North America and Australia. By studying Hong Kong within this wider framework, we plan to assess the impact of multiple variables on student transitions. At one level, these will include institutional arrangements, e.g., curriculum structure, school types, and university selection. At another level, PISA instruments will be used to identify social wellbeing, achievement (low and high achievers will be identified) and school engagement will be assessed. The key questions will be: Where achievement is constant across nations, how do student characteristics and institutional arrangements influence destinations? How do Hong Kong students compare to their international peers? What are the barriers to better transition and the best improvement strategies, particularly for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds? This will be a multi-level study that will seek to contextualize Hong Kong students’ key experiences and attributes and the effect of these on school transitions. The aim of the study is to develop a theoretical framework that can account for the post-school destinations of students in Hong Kong. Such a framework will have a cultural dimension, making it distinctive within the cross-national study of which this is a part. Nevertheless, we also wish to locate the study within a broader international context. In particular, we are keen to test whether high achievers in Hong Kong do better than in other countries in their transition to the most advantageous study destinations, and whether low achievers do as well or better than low achievers elsewhere. Examining specifically high and low achievers offers the potential for much more theoretical insight and policy leverage, which will be the key contributions of this project.

Commencement Date : 2010/8
Completion Date : 2011/8
Chief Investigator(s) : MACLEAN RUPERT DONALD IAIN 馬敬言 #
Co-Investigator(s) : Prof LEE, Chi Kin John 李子建 [C&I,CELT,CRSE,VP(AC)&Pr]
Stephen Lamb *

*Investigator from an outside institution/organization
#Investigator who had served in EdUHK

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