Industry perspectives of industry school partnerships
What can agriculture learn?
This paper aims to identify and synthesise research related to industry perspectives of industry school partnerships (ISPs) with primary and secondary students globally. A systematic review of ISP studies published between 2001 and 2021 that included industry perspectives was undertaken in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) protocol.
This focused systematically ordered review of industry perspectives of ISPs elicited four key findings:
- Limited research specifically focusing on industry participants’ perceptions of career and knowledge sharing ISPs exist.
- The most common reasons for participation included promoting careers and/or their industry, and enhancing community goodwill.
- The most common barriers or challenges in participating included time, budget and process constraints, and understanding the partnership’s impact.
- Communication, trust, relationships, and setting clear goals are often important features highlighted for successful partnerships.
The recommendations from this review will be used to design, deliver and evaluate ISPs which aim to benefit agricultural industry participants. Future research will apply the findings from this review to a rural case site in Victoria, Australia, focused on agricultural ISPs aimed at increasing students’ aspirations for a career in the sector. This is vital as agriculture is an important industry in this region, yet many students are unaware of the range of career opportunities available to them.
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