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Understanding the nature of school partnerships with business in delivery of vocational programmes in schools in Australia

Polesel, John, Klatt, Malgorzata, Blake, Damian and Starr, Karen 2017, Understanding the nature of school partnerships with business in delivery of vocational programmes in schools in Australia, Journal of education and work, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 283-298, doi: 10.1080/13639080.2016.1165344.

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Title Understanding the nature of school partnerships with business in delivery of vocational programmes in schools in Australia
Author(s) Polesel, John
Klatt, Malgorzata
Blake, Damian
Starr, KarenORCID iD for Starr, Karen orcid.org/0000-0003-3931-0180
Journal name Journal of education and work
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 283
End page 298
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1363-9080
1469-9435
Keyword(s) vocational education and training
school partnerships
applied learning
workplace learning
Summary This article seeks to provide a school perspective on the nature and quality of the partnerships which schools form with businesses in order to deliver work placements and workplace learning in Australia. It found that the ability of schools to engage with external partners depended on the ability of school leaders to define and communicate the role of VET within the school and its broader community. This dependence on individuals and leadership is vulnerable to changes in key personnel and the informality of some of the processes and relationships can lead to problems in monitoring, evaluating and replicating programmes. Our study shows that a balance is required between carefully documented processes and the flexibility required to operate programmes successfully. The study also noted the tension between the perceived needs of the school and those of industry. A successful partnership necessarily requires school flexibility – in the decisions as to what programmes should be offered and how work placements and timetabling should be organised.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13639080.2016.1165344
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085736

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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