Critical attributes of public-private partnerships : a case study in vocational education

Pillay, Hitendra K., Watters, James J., & Hoff, Lutz Werner Wilhelm (2013) Critical attributes of public-private partnerships : a case study in vocational education. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 4(1), pp. 31-45.

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The term ‘partnership’ is increasingly used by governments, industry, community organisations and schools in supporting their daily businesses. Similar to the terms ‘ICT’ and ‘learning’, ‘partnerships’ are now ubiquitous in policy discourse. Yet, the term remains ill-defined and ambiguous. This study reviews and reflects on a government led industry-school partnership initiative in the state of Queensland, Australia, to understand how the term is used in this initiative. Given the frequent use of Public Private Partnership (PPP) language, PPP was used as a framework to review this initiative. The methodology of this qualitative case study involved consultations with stakeholders and an analysis of Gateway schools documents, policy documents, and literature. The review suggests that despite the use of terminology akin to PPP projects in Gateway school and policy documents, the implicit suggestion that this initiative is a public-private partnership is untenable. The majority of principles shaping a PPP have not been considered to a significant extent in the Gateway project. Although the review recognises the legitimate and sincere purpose of the Gateway schools initiative, the adoption of a PPP framework during the design, monitoring, or evaluation stages could have strengthened the initiative in terms of outcomes, benefits, and sustainability.

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ID Code: 59724
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Effectiveness, Equity and Beneficiaries, Gateway Schools, Industry-School Partnership, Internal and External Efficiency, Partnership Principles, Public Private Partnership, Sustainability, Vocational Education
DOI: 10.4018/javet.2013010103
ISSN: 1947-8607
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 07 May 2013 01:15
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:46

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