Dimensions of effectiveness and efficiency: A case study on industry–school partnerships

Pillay, Hitendra, Watters, James J., Hoff, Lutz, & Flynn, Matthew (2014) Dimensions of effectiveness and efficiency: A case study on industry–school partnerships. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 66(4), pp. 537-553.

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Internationally, the delivery of vocational education and training is being challenged by increasing skills shortages in certain industries and/or rapidly changing skill requirements. To respond to this challenge, rigid and centralised state bureaucracies are increasingly adopting partnerships between schools and industry as a strategy to encourage school-to-work transition programmes to address the local labour market demand. Drawing on experiences in Australia, this paper reports on a case study of government led partnerships between schools and industry. The Queensland Gateway to industry schools initiative currently involves over 120 schools. The study investigated how two commonly used partnership principles were understood by the Gateway to industry partners. Twelve school–industry partnerships from four industry sectors were analysed in terms of the principles of ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’ derived from the public–private partnership literature. The study found that some evidence of partnership activities associated with efficiency and effectiveness may be assigned to Gateway schools projects. However, little evidence was found that the above underlying principles were addressed systematically. Some of these partnerships were tenuously facilitated by individuals who had limited infrastructure or strategic support. Implications are that industry–school partnership stakeholders would benefit from applying partnership principles regarding implementation and management to ensure the sustainability of partnerships.

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ID Code: 78025
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 03 October 2014. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 03 April 2016.
Keywords: effectiveness, industry–school partnership, internal and external efficiency, Gateway schools, partnership principles, public private partnership, vocational education
DOI: 10.1080/13636820.2014.961524
ISSN: 1747-5090
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Vocational Aspect of Education Ltd
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 03 October 2014,
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2014 23:09
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 05:09

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