School industry partnerships : An innovative strategy for vocational education

Watters, James J., Hay, Stephen, Dempster, Neil, & Pillay, Hitendra (2013) School industry partnerships : An innovative strategy for vocational education. In Gessler, Michael, Deitmer, Ludger, & Manning, Sabine (Eds.) Proceedings of the ECER VETNET Conference 2013, WIFO, Istanbul, Turkey.

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One of the challenges confronting contemporary education internationally is to ensure that students are provided with opportunities to make informed choices about future careers and to acquire the capacity to transition into these careers. Schools need to manage their curricula, teacher capacity, timetables, and diversity of student populations by offering pathways that are seen as engaging and meaningful to life beyond schooling. Traditionally, education in the senior years has privileged those students who intend to progress to advanced studies at university or in other professional careers. In more recent times, in response the need for more sophisticated technical knowledge in the trades and a growing skills shortages in these fields, schools have paid more attention to vocational education. It has been argued that the vocational aspect of the school curriculum is less well understood and poorly implemented in comparison with the traditional academic curricula. One attempt to address this issue is through the establishment of school-industry partnerships. This paper explores the process of knowledge transfer between industry and schools in these partnerships. The paper theorises how knowledge that is valued and foundational in workplace employment can inform school curricula and pedagogical practices. The paper draws on theories of organisational knowledge, workplace learning and experiential learning to explore strategies that enhance school-to-employment transition outcomes.

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ID Code: 63684
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: knowledge transfer, school industry partnership, school to work transition, teacher knowledge, vocational education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2013 23:45
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 14:51

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