Industry-school partnerships : an ecological approach

Flynn, Matthew C. & Pillay, Hitendra K. (2013) Industry-school partnerships : an ecological approach. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 6(4), pp. 121-132.

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Internationally, Industry-School Partnerships (ISPs) are a ubiquitous government approach for enabling school to work transitions. Significant benefits of ISPs for centralised bureaucracies that are seeking to address common educational problems include:

i) cost reduction; ii) supply to geographically dispersed locations, and; iii) industry access to innovative education solutions.

In Queensland, there exists a government led ISP, the Gateway to Industry Schools Program. Under this initiative is the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, a lead industry organisation for 34 schools and 17 multinational sponsor companies. Acquiring an understanding of this strategic ISP is critical, given the current Resources Industry boom, and the workforce skills shortage experienced in Australia. This review paper adopts Ecological Systems Theory as a lens to understand the inner workings of ISPs. Acknowledging that ISPs will remain a key feature of government policy, this paper seeks to further illuminate the role of ISPs in transitioning young people from school to the working world.

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ID Code: 63612
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: FOR Codes breakdown:
130108 40%
130399 60%
Keywords: Industry-School Partnership, Situated Learning, Ecological Systems, Work-Integrated Learning
ISSN: 1943-6114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2013 23:48
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2014 16:57

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