What happens when you survey almost five thousand people across Australia about education and allow experts to present their findings to schools across Australia?
The answer is Cardus – a large study into Australian ‘millenials’ who have graduated from different schooling backgrounds and how their life has been impacted by the type of education they have received.
Cardus brings together demographer and survey expert Mark McCrindle, prominent Canadian theologian and academic Ray Pennings, along with Professor Albert Cheng from Arkansas to launch the findings of the Cardus Education Survey Australia Project entitled
“Australian Schools and the Common Good: Findings from the Cardus Education Survey Australia”
Just another boring survey with numbers and colour-coded charts?
Well, its much bigger than your average Death-By-Powerpoint slideshow – and, finally, Christian schools are categorised separately into ‘independent schools’ and ‘catholic schools’, so the data is more highly refined than in any previous study with relation to school type.
“This is a significant day,” said SCEA CEO Dr Graeme Cross, “as there has never been research like this done in Australia before.”
“Its also the first time we have seen collaboration like this between some of Australia’s peak bodies of independent education.”
The project explores the responses of millennial graduates (aged 25-39) from a nationally representative sample of Government, Catholic, Independent and Christian schools and investigates how our schools, in partnership with the family and community, have shaped “millennials” as persons.
- Are they involved in civic and political causes?
- Do they give or volunteer in their community?
- Are they religious?
- Have our schools prepared them for social responsibility and meaningful contributions to culture as well as academic success and career pathways?
If you’ve never really thought about millennials as contributors to society, or have simply put them in a box marked “lazy and ungrateful”, maybe its time for a more nuanced approach and an understanding of how these young people are changing the world we live in. You might be surprised at some of the responses that the study has found, and it may stir some thought around how your teaching and learning shapes and moulds tomorrow’s graduates.
“Our best teachers are people of vision,” espoused Mark McCrindle during the global release of the report.
SCEA has been a part of this research and the findings are available for everyone to read now that the report has been released.
The 2-page infographic of the report summary can be found here:
and the full 78-page report can be found here: