It is often suggested that Australia, and especially higher (i.e. university) education in Australia, is “meritocratic.” Using the statistics, identify a pattern in one demographic that seems to challenge this. Using academic sources, explain some theories and academic research that has sought to explain this pattern.
Demographic chosen: Socio-economic Status
A Coggle Diagram about Finances (Cost of university, Cost of living, Are government benefits enough? and What difference does having wealthy relatives have in the equation?), Family influences (Are the families stable?, Has anyone in the family attended university?, Are there certain expections on future employment? and Is any motivation offered by the family?), Ability to study (Do they own a computer?, Are there universities in the local area?, Is there a difference in intelligence that comes with economic class? and Can they afford the time taken to finish a degree?), Meritocracy (A system where the individual is rewarded based on their own talent and skills, rather than on class or wealth and Can Australian education be considered meritocratic?), Prior education (Was it thorough enough for the student to then cope with the demands of higher education? and Did previous teachers encourage student to strive to study in higher education?), What courses are being studied by people of lower socio-economic standing? and Current statistics of participation