Research publications


To download a list of FYA’s research and evaluation publications from 2008, click here (current at May 2013).


How Young People Are Faring 2013

How Young People are Faring 2013 is the 15th edition of FYA’s annual series providing important point-in-time and trend information on the education and training outcomes of young people in Australia as they make the transition form school to further work and study. This edition also examines the nature of young people’s jobs and the broader social context for young people, including trends in independence, marriage, fertility, home ownership and life satisfaction..

Download How Young People Are Faring 2013


Kids Teaching Kids Evaluation

Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) is a national program implemented by Firestarter with the current support of Australia Post. KTK seeks to build social resilience in students through an environmental education methodology that utilises peer teaching to foster self-reflection and problem based inquiry with a focus on issues that are meaningful to young people. This report provides the findings of an independent evaluation of KTK by The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA).

Download Kids Teaching Kids Evaluation

For more information, or a copy of the full report, please contact

T: 03 9329 3736 | E: info@kidsteachingkids.com.au | W: www.kidsteachingkids.com.au


SeeMe Media Literacy Project Evaluation

In 2011, the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) was commissioned by the Queen Victoria Women’sCentre Trust to independently evaluate the SeeMe Media Literacy Project (SeeMe), involving thedevelopment of an interactive online media literacy curriculum resource aimed at addressing youngpeople’s concerns around the media’s unrealistic portrayal of body image and gender roles.

Download SeeMe Media Literacy Project Evaluation

For more information, please contact Sarah Jury, Project Officer, SeeMe Media Literacy

T:(03) 8668 8106 | E: s.jury@qvwc.org.au SeeMe: http://seeme.org.au/| Queen Victoria Women’s Centre: http://www.qvwc.org.au/


Developing skills for life and work: Accelerating social and emotional learning across South Australia (2012)

Lauren Kahn, Bethia McNeil, Robert Patrick, Vicki Sellick, Kate Thompson and Dr Lucas Walsh

Recent years have seen significant shifts in the world of work, with the focus moving away from industry, towards innovation and the ‘knowledge economy’. At the same time, the global economic slowdown has meant fewer labour market opportunities, particularly for young people. Consequently, young people today enter a world of unparalleled uncertainty and risk, with the most marginalised and vulnerable facing the greatest threat.

Download Developing skills for life and work


High Stakes Testing Literature Review (2012)

Prof. John Polesel, Ms Nicky Dulfer and Dr Malcolm Turnbull

The Whitlam Institute, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and FYA are embarking on a research project examining the impact of high stakes testing (such as NAPLAN) on students and their families. This new report canvasses existing international research on high stakes testing.  What emerges are serious concerns regarding the impact of high stakes testing on student health and well-being.

Visit http://www.whitlam.org/the_program/high_stakes_testing for further information and to download the report.


Young Social Pioneers: 2009-2010 Evaluation Report(2011)

FYA is committed to evaluating the effectiveness of its work. The 2009-2010 Evaluation Report for the Young Social Pioneers program is available

Download Young Social Pioneers: 2009-2010 Evaluation Report (2011)


How Young People are Faring (2011 and earlier)

Lyn Robinson, Mike Long and Stephen Lamb

 

Commissioned by FYA and conducted by the Centre for Research on Education Systems, The University of Melbourne, the annual HYPAF report describes the aspirations, employment opportunities and education pathways of young Australians.

Read the 2011 report

Read the 2010 report

Read the 2009 report

Read the 2008 report


In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia? (2011)

Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black

FYA is proud to launch In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia?, a groundbreaking new book that celebrates young people’s social and political participation, while critically examining the barriers that prevent them from being heard and valued.

Download In Their Own Hands

 


Youth Engagement through Technology (2011)

Lucas Walsh, Barbara Lemon, Rosalyn Black, Cheryl Mangan and Philippa Collin

FYA, Australian Flexible Learning Framework and Inspire Foundation have finished their research on the role of technology in engaging disengaged youth, and have published

The role of technology in engaging disengaged youth: final report

 


The Benefits of Social Networking Services: A literature review (2011)

Dr Philippa Collin, Kitty Rahilly, Dr Ingrid Richardson and Dr Amanda Third

FYA provided advice on this review, which was created for the Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing. FYA is a partner organisation of the Centre

Download The Benefits of Social Networking Services

 


Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Social Networking and Cybersafety: A living lab (2011)

Dr Amanda Third, Dr Ingrid Richardson, Dr Philippa Collin, Kitty Rahilly and Assoc. Prof. Natalie Bolzan

FYA provided advice on this review, which was created for the Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing. FYA is a partner organisation of the Centre

Download Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Social Networking and Cybersafety

 


Realising Potential: Businesses Helping Schools to Develop Australia’s Future (2011)

FYA is proud to have contributed to this report by the Business-School Connections Roundtable, which was established by the Australian Government in 2010 to develop a practical strategy to ensure that all schools can benefit from a connection with business.

Download Realising Potential

 


Literature review and background research for the National Collaboration Project: Extended Service School Model (2010)

Rosalyn Black, Dr Lucas Walsh and Dr Barbara Lemon

This report for the Western Australian Department of Education analyses the research, policy and practice literature in relation to the implementation of extended service schooling in Australia and internationally.

Download National Collaboration Project


Resourcing schools in Australia: A proposal for the restructure of public funding (2010)

Professor Jack Keating

Created by FYA with the support of The R E Ross Trust, this report argues for systemic reform to school funding in Australia. It continues the argument for a new vision of schooling based on quality and equity for all Australians that was begun in A New Federalism in Australian Education: A Proposal for a National Reform Agenda.

Download Resourcing schools in Australia

 


What Works (2010)

Fiona Taylor and Michael Kimberley

Commissioned by FYA and created by the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, this series of resources celebrates the work of youth-led organisations around the nation and documents what works in their successful administration.

Visit the page here

 


A New Federalism in Australian Education: A Proposal for a National Reform Agenda (2009)

Professor Jack Keating

Created by FYA with the support of The R E Ross Trust, this report provides a bold platform for a new vision of schooling based on quality and equity for all Australians. It has been followed by the release of a second paper by Professor Keating, Resourcing schools in Australia: A proposal for the restructure of public funding.

Download A New Federalism in Australian Education

Download the At A Glance report


Amplifying the Voices of Young Refugees (2009)

Refugee Council of Australia

FYA supported the Refugee Council of Australia to undertake a national youth consultation project to identify issues of concern to young refugee and humanitarian entrants and advise on how their voices can best be heard a national level.

Download Amplifying the Voices of Young Refugees


 

Boardroom to Classroom: The role of the corporate and philanthropic sectors in school education (2009)

Rosalyn Black

Commissioned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this paper examines the growing involvement of corporate and philanthropic contributions in Victorian government schools and makes a number of recommendations for future involvement.

Download Boardroom to Classroom

 


Building Bridges: Creating Cultures of Diversity (2009)

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr Louise Jenkins, Dr Michael Leach and Dr Lucas Walsh

Published by Melbourne University Press, this book provides schools with the tools to foster an understanding of diversity both within the boundaries of the school and within the broader community.

Download Building Bridges

 


Corporate Australia and Schools: Forming business class alliances and networks (2009)

Rosalyn Black and Dr Lucas Walsh

This paper for the Centre for Strategic Education’s Seminar Series examines the growing role of corporations in the work of schools and considers how this role can become a well-distributed and well-regulated part of the public education system.

To order a copy from the Centre for Strategic Eductaion, click here


The Impact of Racism upon the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians (2009)

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr Louise Jenkins, Dr Les Morgan & Mona Taouk

This national research project was commissioned by FYA and conducted by the The Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University to examine how young people in Australia experience, report and respond to racism.

Download The Impact of Racism upon the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

Download the At A Glance report


Students in the Lead: Increasing participation by young people in a distributed leadership framework (2009)

Dr Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black

This paper for the Centre for Strategic Education’s Seminar Series critically examines the role of students in the governance and leadership of Australian schools.

Order a copy from the Centre for Strategic Education


Young People Imagining a New Democracy (2009)

Whitlam Institute

FYA supported the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney to undertake a national review and youth consultation regarding the connection between young people, politics and the notion of democracy.

Download the Literature Review

Download Young People’s Voices

Download Putting the politics back into Politics


Youth Attitudes to Racism: A study of 18-24-year-olds in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia (2009)

Associate Professor James Forrest

This survey of young people in four states was commissioned by FYA and conducted by the University of Western Sydney to examine the attitudes and experiences of racism for young people aged 18-24.

Download Youth Attitudes to Racism

 


Beyond the Classroom (2008)

Rosalyn Black

Published by ACER Press, this book advocates new collaborations to improve the educational outcomes of young Australians.

Read a sample chapter of Beyond the Classroom

To order a copy, click here.


New School Ties: Networks for Success (2008)

Rosalyn Black

Commissioned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this paper argues that schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas cannot bear sole responsibility for improving student results.

Download New School Ties


Crossing the Bridge: Overcoming entrenched disadvantage through student-centred learning (2007)

Rosalyn Black

This report describes the findings of research conducted with the support of The R E Ross Trust that examined the work of schools in Melbourne’s inner-west region that have reframed their middle years curriculum and pedagogy to support student-centred learning.

Download Crossing the Bridge.

 


Equity, Excellence and Effectiveness: Moving Forward on Schooling Arrangements in Australia (2004)

Education Foundation

This discussion paper is a precursor to the two more recent papers, A New Federalism in Australian Education and Resourcing schools in Australia. It calls for a redefinition of public schools based on public education standards that requires general democratic and pedagogical principles to be agreed upon and adhered to.

Download Equity, Excellence and Effectiveness


Sharing a New Story: Young People in Decision-Making (2003)

Dr Ani Wierenga

Commissioned by FYA and conducted by the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, this report describes young people’s role in decision-making. It includes a toolkit for working alongside young people in decision-making roles.

Download Sharing a New Story

 

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Developing skills for life and work: Accelerating social and emotional learning across South Australia (2012)

Lauren Kahn, Bethia McNeil, Robert Patrick, Vicki Sellick, Kate Thompson and Dr Lucas Walsh

Recent years have seen significant shifts in the world of work, with the focus moving away from industry, towards innovation and the ‘knowledge economy’. At the same time, the global economic slowdown has meant fewer labour market opportunities, particularly for young people. Consequently, young people today enter a world of unparalleled uncertainty and risk, with the most marginalised and vulnerable facing the greatest threat.

Download Developing skills for life and work


High Stakes Testing Literature Review (2012)

Prof. John Polesel, Ms Nicky Dulfer and Dr Malcolm Turnbull

 

The Whitlam Institute, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and FYA are embarking on a research project examining the impact of high stakes testing (such as NAPLAN) on students and their families. This new report canvasses existing international research on high stakes testing.  What emerges are serious concerns regarding the impact of high stakes testing on student health and well-being.

Visit http://www.whitlam.org/the_program/high_stakes_testing for further information and to download the report.


Young Social Pioneers: 2009-2010 Evaluation Report (2011)

FYA is committed to evaluating the effectiveness of its work. The 2009-2010 Evaluation Report for the Young Social Pioneers program is available

Download Young Social Pioneers: 2009-2010 Evaluation Report (2011)


How Young People are Faring (2011 and earlier)

Lyn Robinson, Mike Long and Stephen Lamb

 

Commissioned by FYA and conducted by the Centre for Research on Education Systems, The University of Melbourne, the annual HYPAF report describes the aspirations, employment opportunities and education pathways of young Australians.

Read the 2011 report

Read the 2010 report

Read the 2011 report

Read the 2012 report


In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia? (2011)

Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black

FYA is proud to launch In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia?, a groundbreaking new book that celebrates young people’s social and political participation, while critically examining the barriers that prevent them from being heard and valued.

Download In Their Own Hands

 


Youth Engagement through Technology (2011)

Lucas Walsh, Barbara Lemon, Rosalyn Black, Cheryl Mangan and Philippa Collin

FYA, Australian Flexible Learning Framework and Inspire Foundation have finished their research on the role of technology in engaging disengaged youth, and have published

The role of technology in engaging disengaged youth: final report

 


.The Benefits of Social Networking Services: A literature review (2011)

Dr Philippa Collin, Kitty Rahilly, Dr Ingrid Richardson and Dr Amanda Third

FYA provided advice on this review, which was created for the Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing. FYA is a partner organisation of the Centre

Download The Benefits of Social Networking Services

 


Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Social Networking and Cybersafety: A living lab (2011)

Dr Amanda Third, Dr Ingrid Richardson, Dr Philippa Collin, Kitty Rahilly and Assoc. Prof. Natalie Bolzan

FYA provided advice on this review, which was created for the Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing. FYA is a partner organisation of the Centre

Download Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Social Networking and Cybersafety

 


Realising Potential: Businesses Helping Schools to Develop Australia’s Future (2011)

FYA is proud to have contributed to this report by the Business-School Connections Roundtable, which was established by the Australian Government in 2010 to develop a practical strategy to ensure that all schools can benefit from a connection with business.

Download Realising Potential

 


Literature review and background research for the National Collaboration Project: Extended Service School Model (2010)

Rosalyn Black, Dr Lucas Walsh and Dr Barbara Lemon

This report for the Western Australian Department of Education analyses the research, policy and practice literature in relation to the implementation of extended service schooling in Australia and internationally.

Download National Collaboration Project

 


Resourcing schools in Australia: A proposal for the restructure of public funding (2010)

Professor Jack Keating

Created by FYA with the support of The R E Ross Trust, this report argues for systemic reform to school funding in Australia. It continues the argument for a new vision of schooling based on quality and equity for all Australians that was begun in A New Federalism in Australian Education: A Proposal for a National Reform Agenda.

Download Resourcing schools in Australia

 


What Works (2010)

Fiona Taylor and Michael Kimberley

Commissioned by FYA and created by the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, this series of resources celebrates the work of youth-led organisations around the nation and documents what works in their successful administration.

Visit the page here

 


A New Federalism in Australian Education: A Proposal for a National Reform Agenda (2009)

Professor Jack Keating

Created by FYA with the support of The R E Ross Trust, this report provides a bold platform for a new vision of schooling based on quality and equity for all Australians. It has been followed by the release of a second paper by Professor Keating, Resourcing schools in Australia: A proposal for the restructure of public funding.

Download A New Federalism in Australian Education

Download the At A Glance report


Amplifying the Voices of Young Refugees (2009)

Refugee Council of Australia

FYA supported the Refugee Council of Australia to undertake a national youth consultation project to identify issues of concern to young refugee and humanitarian entrants and advise on how their voices can best be heard a national level.

Download Amplifying the Voices of Young Refugees


 

Boardroom to Classroom: The role of the corporate and philanthropic sectors in school education (2009)

Rosalyn Black

Commissioned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this paper examines the growing involvement of corporate and philanthropic contributions in Victorian government schools and makes a number of recommendations for future involvement.

Download Boardroom to Classroom

 


Building Bridges: Creating Cultures of Diversity (2009)

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr Louise Jenkins, Dr Michael Leach and Dr Lucas Walsh

Published by Melbourne University Press, this book provides schools with the tools to foster an understanding of diversity both within the boundaries of the school and within the broader community.

Download Building Bridges

 


Corporate Australia and Schools: Forming business class alliances and networks (2009)

Rosalyn Black and Dr Lucas Walsh

This paper for the Centre for Strategic Education’s Seminar Series examines the growing role of corporations in the work of schools and considers how this role can become a well-distributed and well-regulated part of the public education system.

To order a copy from the Centre for Strategic Eductaion, click here


The Impact of Racism upon the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians (2009)

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr Louise Jenkins, Dr Les Morgan & Mona Taouk

This national research project was commissioned by FYA and conducted by the The Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University to examine how young people in Australia experience, report and respond to racism.

Download The Impact of Racism upon the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

Download the At A Glance report


Students in the Lead: Increasing participation by young people in a distributed leadership framework (2009)

Dr Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black

This paper for the Centre for Strategic Education’s Seminar Series critically examines the role of students in the governance and leadership of Australian schools.

Order a copy from the Centre for Strategic Education


Young People Imagining a New Democracy (2009)

Whitlam Institute

FYA supported the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney to undertake a national review and youth consultation regarding the connection between young people, politics and the notion of democracy.

Download the Literature Review

Download Young People’s Voices

Download Putting the politics back into Politics


Youth Attitudes to Racism: A study of 18-24-year-olds in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia (2009)

Associate Professor James Forrest

This survey of young people in four states was commissioned by FYA and conducted by the University of Western Sydney to examine the attitudes and experiences of racism for young people aged 18-24.

Download Youth Attitudes to Racism

 


Beyond the Classroom (2008)

Rosalyn Black

Published by ACER Press, this book advocates new collaborations to improve the educational outcomes of young Australians.

Read a sample chapter of Beyond the Classroom

To order a copy, click here.


New School Ties: Networks for Success (2008)

Rosalyn Black

Commissioned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this paper argues that schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas cannot bear sole responsibility for improving student results.

Download New School Ties


Crossing the Bridge: Overcoming entrenched disadvantage through student-centred learning (2007)

Rosalyn Black

This report describes the findings of research conducted with the support of The R E Ross Trust that examined the work of schools in Melbourne’s inner-west region that have reframed their middle years curriculum and pedagogy to support student-centred learning.

Download Crossing the Bridge.

 


Equity, Excellence and Effectiveness: Moving Forward on Schooling Arrangements in Australia (2004)

Education Foundation

This discussion paper is a precursor to the two more recent papers, A New Federalism in Australian Education and Resourcing schools in Australia. It calls for a redefinition of public schools based on public education standards that requires general democratic and pedagogical principles to be agreed upon and adhered to.

Download Equity, Excellence and Effectiveness


Sharing a New Story: Young People in Decision-Making (2003)

Dr Ani Wierenga

Commissioned by FYA and conducted by the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, this report describes young people’s role in decision-making. It includes a toolkit for working alongside young people in decision-making roles.

Download Sharing a New Story