Youth Electoral Study (YES) - Report 5: Youth, schools and learning about politics

Updated: 18 July 2012

14. Conclusion

Our analyses in this report highlight the important role that the school plays in the political learning of young Australians. Furthermore, it also shows how the school and the family both play independent and supporting roles. There are many aspects of the influence of the school which are not explained away by characteristics of the home. The influence of the school is broad, including the way academic subjects are taught, the way students interact with teachers, and the extra-curricula practices which occur in the school, such as the informal and hidden curricula.

The aspects of the school identified as important lend themselves to policies which are designed to maximize the political engagement of young Australians. By taking into account both the family and the school, as suggested here, we believe the level of enrolment and voting by young Australians can be improved.

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