House prices and unemployment rates can affect progress towards a degree


  Life Course Centre Research Fellow Professor Leslie Stratton has released a working paper on the link between housing prices, unemployment, disadvantage and progress towards a degree. In her working paper summary, Professor Stratton explains that when young men and women contemplating college consider the costs of doing so (both the direct costs, and the… Read more »

Reduce truancy and improve outcomes: award for outstanding experimental field trial

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The Life Course Centre is proud to announce that our ABILITY School Engagement Program Trial (ASEP Trial) team, which includes Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Dr Sarah Bennett, Dr Emma Antrobus and Dr Elizabeth Eggins, will receive the outstanding experimental field trial award by Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology in November 2017…. Read more »

Gender gaps in early education achievement


In May 2017, Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, leader of the Human Capabilities Program at the Life Course Centre, discussed her research ‘Gender gaps in early education achievement’ with ABC’s Life Matters presenter Amanda Smith. It is generally thought that girls outperform boys in literacy, and boys outperform girls in maths and science. Cobb-Clark explains that it… Read more »

Students whose fathers engage with their education are more successful

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Life Course Centre researchers Dr Jenny Povey and Alice Campbell featured in an article in The Courier-Mail and on Channel 7’s evening news bulletin on 10 July, 2017, talking about their research into parents’ interest in their child’s education, and how it affects educational outcomes. In their research Povey and Campbell explore the role of… Read more »

Marian Vidal-Fernandez in conversation: ‘No Pass No Drive’ laws

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Life Course Centre research fellow Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez sat down with the American Economic Association (AEA) to talk about the poster she presented at their annual conference in Chicago last January. In her latest work studying ‘No Pass No Drive’ laws, she and her co-author Dr Rashmi Barua find that restricting access to driving licenses… Read more »

Supporting teenage parents

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While the rate of births to teenage parents continues to decline in Australia, adolescent pregnancy and parenthood remain a social and public health concern. A new working paper from Life Course Centre researchers Ms Heidi Hoffmann and Dr Sergi Vidal describes the context of Australian teenage pregnancy and parenthood, and outlines some of the challenges… Read more »

Universal prekindergarten boosts school readiness

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Universal prekindergarten improves school readiness amongst four-year old children, as found by researchers investigating the Queensland government’s elimination of its public prekindergarten program when it introduced its voluntary ‘Prep’ (preparatory/kindergarten) year in 2007. The paper, The impact of universal prekindergarten on family behaviour and child outcomes, demonstrates that access to universal prekindergarten produces measurable improvements in school readiness… Read more »

Schools and career advice key to widening university participation


New research puts a spotlight on the value of school-based early interventions to increase university enrolments for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Two important school factors, the provision of career advice and positive school experiences, are shown to increase the likelihood that students from disadvantaged backgrounds will attend university. But not all career advice is equal…. Read more »

Childhood, Education and Welfare: Research and Policy Insights

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This one-day workshop is aimed at bringing together academics and policy makers to discuss how research related to childhood, education, and welfare can be implemented into practice. The workshop will combine the knowledge of leading academic researchers, policy experts, and policy implementers in three different sessions around disadvantage during childhood, in education, and how the welfare… Read more »