The transition from work to retirement (EU)

The European Employment Strategy has set the goal of raising the retirement age of workers in the EU through a strategy of “active ageing”. Yet despite some progress over the last decade, empirical data show persistent diversity across EU member states. Institutional arrangements of social and labor market policies can be seen as the core . . . → Read More: The transition from work to retirement (EU)

Predictors of school readiness in five- to six-year-old children from an Australian longitudinal community sample

A longitudinal investigation into the relationship between both cognitive and social school readiness indicators and children’s academic achievement in elementary school, based on data for 5- and 6-year-old children from six metropolitan local government areas (LGAs) in Melbourne, Australia who participated in the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS)

SOURCE: Educational Psychology 31, 1, pp. . . . → Read More: Predictors of school readiness in five- to six-year-old children from an Australian longitudinal community sample

Consumer behaviour, financial institutions and the GFC

Understandably, as we reflect on our escape from the global financial crisis, most media and policy attention has been concerned with the financial institutions themselves. It is informative, however, to consider how individuals – you, I, and 22 million other Australians – have interacted with the finance sector, and whether we have made the best . . . → Read More: Consumer behaviour, financial institutions and the GFC

Outcomes of stakeholder consultations to identify the LSAY analytical program for 2011- 2013

In November and early December 2010, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) conducted consultations to identify research topics using the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). LSAY tracks young people from the age of 15 to 25 as they move from school into further study, work and other destinations. It uses large, nationally . . . → Read More: Outcomes of stakeholder consultations to identify the LSAY analytical program for 2011- 2013

Informing choices – consumer views of energy bills (UK)

Research by Consumer Focus in early 2010 found that 35 per cent of consumers did not understand their energy bills. There has also been a large amount of research into consumers’ use of their energy bills by organisations such as Which?, the Energy Saving Trust, Ofgem and various price comparison websites.

Conclusions are broadly similar; . . . → Read More: Informing choices – consumer views of energy bills (UK)

Job-search practices of the unemployed (UK)

INTRODUCTION – Extract

The Job Search Study presents research findings of an investigation into job-search practices among different sub-groups of job seekers, with particular reference to those who are unemployed and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), and on the use of the Internet for job search. Job search is not exclusive to the unemployed and so . . . → Read More: Job-search practices of the unemployed (UK)

Housing needs and social class (UK)

ABSTRACT

This paper offers a response to the important critiques made by Chris Allen and other scholars of housing research in the fields of housing market renewal and gentrification. The paper begins by responding to the specific interpretation and criticism made by Allen and Webb about a report co-produced by the author of this paper. . . . → Read More: Housing needs and social class (UK)

Youth employment measures in Europe

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

This executive summary is split into five main sections, in line with the structure of the national articles. The introduction provides a discussion of youth employment in Europe using data collected at European level to provide an overall picture; additional detail, based on the information provided in the national articles, is . . . → Read More: Youth employment measures in Europe

Industrial relations in Europe 2010 (EU)

The Industrial Relations in Europe report provides an overview of major trends and developments in the relationship between employers and trade unions across Europe. It combines factual information with in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of current issues in industrial relations at company, sectoral, national and European level. The report has been published every two years . . . → Read More: Industrial relations in Europe 2010 (EU)

Review of vocational education: The Wolf Report (UK)

This UK report examines how vocational education for young people aged 14-19 could be improved in order to promote successful progression into the labour market and higher-level education and training routes. Many young people were on courses which led them into ‘dead-ends’. They were not being told the truth about the consequences of their choice . . . → Read More: Review of vocational education: The Wolf Report (UK)

What works for acting-out (externalizing)behaviour – Lessons from experimental evaluations of social interventions (US)

Preventing and reducing acting-out or externalizing behaviors is a goal often targeted by out-of-school time programs for children and youth. The term externalizing refers to disruptive, harmful, or problem behaviors that are directed to persons and/or things. Examples include aggressive behaviors such as getting into fights and bullying; hyperactive and impulsive behaviors; and delinquent behaviors . . . → Read More: What works for acting-out (externalizing)behaviour – Lessons from experimental evaluations of social interventions (US)

What works for promoting and enhancing positive social skills – Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions (US)

Positive social skills are recognized as critical for healthy social development. Children with positive social skills are more likely to have high self-esteem, have positive relationships with peers,1 and achieve in school.2 Moreover, research finds that positive social skills are associated with positive later life outcomes, such as successful marriages and careers.3 On the other . . . → Read More: What works for promoting and enhancing positive social skills – Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions (US)

Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER

With the Australian VET sector moving towards a more competitive model of provision, prospective students should have greater choice in where they study and what they study. A competitive market also means that VET providers should make available information about course outcomes. This report looks at the potential use of information from the Student Outcomes . . . → Read More: Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER

Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar

“Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations in 2008 was one of the most significant public rituals of Australia’s recent past. As with so many ritual events, the apology’s performative import depended on the convincing telling of a story – specifically the public history of family and kinship that Bain Attwood refers to as ‘the . . . → Read More: Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar

Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion

Hands up who remembers the public liability insurance “crisis” of the early 2000s? You should – it was the last time this country saw significant reforms made to its insurance laws and, whether you know it or not, it has affected you. The result of those reforms was a system much more heavily weighted in . . . → Read More: Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion

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