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:

  1. Establish clear goals
  2. Prepare adequately
  3. Use appropriate methods
  4. Achieves significant results
  5. Present the project effectively
  6. Engage in critical reflection

This table asks key learning and assessment questions of each standard. Download a PDF version here.

embedding scholarly practice in work-based projects