Education plays a major role in the training and development process of a student. Skills and knowledge are gained by students at different levels of learning (Hannan & Silver 2000). The report study explores the current educational system in Melbourne, Australia.
Owing to an increase in higher in competitiveness in higher education, the curriculum has been integrated to compare with the global standards of education (OECD 2010). Generally, the Australian educational system is at par with the international standards and as such, it is internationally recognized (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2008).
According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, schools in Australia offer students the chance to develop their confidence and skills. In the areas of technology and innovation, graduates from the Melbourne based university are known for their excellence. The Australian system of education prepares students for life outside the offer of vocational skills necessary in the employment sector. This offers students the opportunity to be get employment in the international market.
The education offered in Melbourne, Australia attracts international students from such regions as Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, India, and the People Republic of China (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2008).
The schools are recognized in training students in English language and international education. Students are attracted to colleges and universities in Melbourne to enjoy the skills, qualifications, and experiences added by the Australian education. Technology is incorporated in the education system making the education reliable, excellent and of high quality. Because of the rich and diverse culture of Australia, attending school in Australia is an enriching experience especially to foreign students.
1.2. Background information
1.3 Aim and objectives
The aim of the report is to investigate the situation of Melbourne’s education system.
The major objectives are
To investigate education system in Melbourne, Australia.
To explore the factors that influence students’ study
To explore the relationship between Melbourne’s education and job procurement in the future.
To understand the role played by education on students attending educational institutions in Melbourne.
1.4 Importance and relevance
The significance of the current study is that it will help to shed light on areas of importance in education to students attending school in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, the study will also help to shed light on the most popular courses in Australia. This will go a long way into assisting students enrolling at school in Australia.
The research is based on a qualitative research design carried in Melbourne, Australia. The perception, opinions, and the attitudes of the Australians will be collected in respect to education system.
2.1 Sample size and sampling strategy
A sample size of 20 participants was developed and interviews carried out using the designed questionnaire. The results were recorded in the questionnaires for further analysis. The self administered questionnaires had 15 questions that would help in achieving the research aims and objectives.
To ensure reliability and validity on the data and information collected, open ended and closed ended questions were used. The open ended questions allowed the participant to give their views and attitudes towards multiculturalism. On the other hand, the closed ended questions confined the participants to particular answer which also gave their views and perceptions.
2.2 Administering questionnaires and collating data
The questionnaires were self administered. Because of their simplified nature, the questionnaires assisted in interviewing the target sample. Each sessions was allocated a period of 30 minutes. The response rate was 100% as no delays or distortion was witnessed. The collected information was entered into tables for interpretation, evaluation, and analysis. Responses with the same, related and close meaning were grouped together for ease of interpretation.
2.3 Ethical considerations
Upon the establishment of the target sample, consent from the participants was sought. It was explained that the study was for academic purposes and that confidentiality, anonymity, and privacy would be guaranteed.
Questions that would invade the participant’s privacy were avoided during the data collection process. It was also made clear that the participant had the choice to answer or not answer questions which they deemed as inappropriate. Lastly, participants were informed that they were free to ask for clarification in questions which they did not understand well.
3. Results and Discussion
The research had a response rate of 100% as all the 20 participants’ questionnaires were availed on time with no distortion whatsoever. The results of the study have been represented in the tables below:
Of the 20 respondents, 12 of them were females, while 8 were males. In terms of age, 5 of the respondents were between the age of 18 and 25 years, another five were between 25 and 30 years, while 7 were between 30 and 40 years. Only one respondent fell in the 41 to 50 years category, while two respondents were over 50 years.
Below is a table of the educational background of the respondents:
Education backgroundNumber of persons