This framework for engaging learners in scholarly practice developed as part of my work designing Associate Degrees where there are two possible graduate outcomes: employment in a relevant industry or further study usually in Bachelor Degrees. This makes the Associate Degree a hybrid degree bridging the worlds of competency-based training in vocational qualifications and academic learning in Bachelor Degrees.
This framework draws on the work of Glassick, Huber & Maeroff (1997) who presented six standards by which the quality of scholarship can be measured. I have changed the wording of the original (eg from “scholar” to “student”) and added elements, which relate more specifically to project-based learning. The framework can be applied to any work-based or work integrated project that learners in Associate Degrees undertake. Learners are be expected to:
- Establish clear goals
- Prepare adequately
- Use appropriate methods
- Achieves significant results
- Present the project effectively
- Engage in critical reflection
This table asks key learning and assessment questions of each standard. Download a PDF version here.