Industry perspectives of industry school partnerships

What can agriculture learn?

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47381/aijre.v32i3.334

Abstract

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:

  1. Limited research specifically focusing on industry participants’ perceptions of career and knowledge sharing ISPs exist.
  2. The most common reasons for participation included promoting careers and/or their industry, and enhancing community goodwill.
  3. The most common barriers or challenges in participating included time, budget and process constraints, and understanding the partnership’s impact.
  4. 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.

Author Biographies

Molly Rose O'Dea, CQUniversity Australia

Molly O'Dea, PhD candidate, Agricultural Education and Extension Cluster, Institute for Future Farming Systems, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Australia, email molly.odea@cqumail.com

Amy Cosby, CQUniversity Australia

Dr. Amy Cosby, Research Fellow, Agricultural Education and Extension Cluster, Institute for Future Farming Systems, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Australia, email a.cosby@cqu.edu.au

Jaime Manning, CQUniversity Australia

Dr. Jaime Manning, Lecturer - Agriculture, Agricultural Education and Extension Cluster, Institute for Future Farming Systems, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Australia, email j.k.manning@cqu.edu.au

Nicole McDonald, CQUniversity Australia

Dr. Nicole McDonald, Senior Research Officer, Agricultural Education and Extension Cluster, Institute for Future Farming Systems, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Australia, email n.mcdonald3@cqu.edu.au

Bobby Harreveld, CQUniversity Australia

Professor Bobby Harreveld, Director, Centre for Research in Equity and Advancement of Teaching and Education (CREATE), School of Education and the Arts, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Australia, email b.harreveld@cqu.edu.au

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Published

18-11-2022

How to Cite

O’Dea, M. R., Cosby, A., Manning, J., McDonald, N., & Harreveld, B. (2022). Industry perspectives of industry school partnerships: What can agriculture learn?. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 32(3), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.47381/aijre.v32i3.334