ERIC Number: ED435836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Corporate/School Partnerships: Learner Centered or Business Centered? Myths and Realities No. 5.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Although corporate spending on partnerships with education has more than doubled in the past 20 years, many in educational circles are questioning whether corporate contributions benefit student knowledge and learning development as well as corporations' bottom lines. Three examples of corporate giving that can be viewed from dual perspectives are information technology training programs, product distribution bonuses, and company-developed curricula. By linking school to work, business/industry partnerships have played a key role in keeping vocational education current with the skill demands of a changing workplace in order to attract students and prepare them for meaningful and relevant employment. Corporate support of education becomes most attractive to both schools and corporations when the goals of both partners are considered. Business/industry partnerships with education must be consensus driven. Because negotiating partnerships can be difficult, a neutral third party may be helpful in facilitating communication between education and corporate communities. Business/industry partnerships cannot be exclusive of worker representation. Educators must understand that dollars contributed to educational institutions must reap rewards for the contributing business; however, business/industry must cease to view their financial contributions from a profit motive perspective and instead consider contributions to be investments in the future work force. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cooperative Planning, Corporations, Donors, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Employer Attitudes, Financial Support, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Unions, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.