The MAST Model
The Mutual Affiliation for Sustained Transformation (MAST) model
The MAST model seeks to utilise lessons learned though studies of practices in Community Engaged Scholarship (CES), school-university partnerships, and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and apply these to creating a shared vision for achieving the ongoing development and improvement within a profession.
The MAST model acknowledges the challenges of power dynamics in community-university and industry-university partnerships by applying a model of collaborative and shared affiliation which uncovers shared priorities, identifies shared moral imperatives and co-creates a commitment to the social contract between universities, professions and the community.
In its first iteration, MAST was used to guide the development of a significant affiliation between the ACT Education Directorate (including 25 schools) and the University of Canberra Faculty of Education. This first case study, the ‘UC Affiliated Schools’ program, provides a vehicle to describe the model in action and the opportunity to reflect on further applications of the approach.
Kerrie Heath and Chris Morrissey