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Method Framework: Quality framework for work experience (WEX21C)
Description In contrast to narrow bureaucratic and mechanistic approaches to assuring quality in work experience, the project started to develop a more holistic and integrated approach. On the basis of theoretical considerations and case studies a new, analytical framework emerged which explicitly provided a 'situated' perspective on the relationship between work experience, innovation and quality. This framework was built upon a number of assumptions and features associated with the 'connective model' of the project's typology. 

The framework employs two new terms insular reflexivity and connective reflexivity. Insular reflexivity refers to context-bounded analysis and learning., while connective reflexivity focuses upon work experience as a whole activity system and stresses the interdependence of the whole and its constituting parts. In a diagram, the two forms of reflexivity are related to the practice of work experience.

The new framework provides a means of mapping an integrated approach to quality which is based on learning considerations. (Griffiths et al, 2000a, pp. 47, 52, 53, 54, 56)

Discussion "The project's framework for considering quality allows for the identification, development and transfer of learning in ways which go well beyond the 'checklist' approach to quality issues. The framework should be developed in the school/ workplace context." (Griffiths et al, 2000a, pp. 62)
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