Glassick’s Standards of Quality Scholarship

Clear goalsThe I-SMART approach to goal setting can help establish clear and realistic goals from the outset.3,14
Adequate preparationThis requires a literature review to assess what has already been done and what gaps in knowledge exist and/or are important to fill.
Appropriate methodsEffectively applied research methods must be appropriate to answer the research question and should map back to the goals and/or learning objectives. A thoughtful approach to choosing the appropriate assessment tools and statistical tests is key.1315 Methods should also be modified as circumstances change.
Significant resultsAuthors should weigh the importance of the outcomes to the field of study and consider the likelihood that results open additional areas for further exploration. With an appropriate design, the results can be meaningful whether the intervention “worked.” Remember, aim high on the pyramid.
Effective presentationThis is ensuring that appropriate forums are used so that the results are disseminated to the appropriate audiences and that the messages are presented with clarity and integrity.
Reflective critiqueThis ensures that the author critically evaluates his or her own work, discusses limitations of his or her work and next steps, and values the opinion of others to improve his or her work.
  • Adapted from Glassick CE. Boyer’s expanded definitions of scholarship, the standards for assessing scholarship, and the elusiveness of the scholarship of teaching. Acad Med. 2000;75(9):879. I-SMART, important, specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely.