This study aims to explore the spatial distribution characteristics and spactial reciprocity between industrial parks (IPs)
and vocational education parks(VEPs): agglomeration density, functional matching, spatial organization efficiency, as
well as space intensive utility. To achieve this objective, IPs and VEPs in urban centers of Jiangsu Province are selected
as the objects of the study. First, spatial analysis of thermodynamic diagrams is employed in this study to qualitatively
analyze the evolutionary characteristics of the spatial distribution of IPs and VEPs to explore the spatial aggregation characteristics
of their clustering, integration, and comprehensive crossover. Second, a horizontal comparison of the data
and indexes concerned reveals that areas with high agglomeration and functional matching exhibit a sound spatial reciprocity.
Third, this study crystallizes the four structural prototpye paradigms formed during the reciprocity evolution
between IPs and VEPs; it compares spatial organization efficiency, with the agglomeration–core structure ranking first,
followed by the circle–core structure. Finally, SPSS is used to analyze the space intensive utility in order to verify the conclusions
of qualitative analysis. The findings can comprehensively explain the regularities of the spatial distribution and
reciprocity between IPs and VEPs. The findngs can also elucidate the design of regional industrial development and
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