What do planners do? Define your discipline to drive undergraduate curriculum renewal

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Basson, Marita and Dowling, David. 2013. "What do planners do? Define your discipline to drive undergraduate curriculum renewal." Featherstone, Jeffrey (ed.) 49th World Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP 2013): Frontiers of Planning: Evolving and Declining Models of City Planning Practice. Brisbane, Australia 01 - 04 Oct 2013 The Hague, Netherlands.
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What do planners do? Define your discipline to drive undergraduate curriculum renewal

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBasson, Marita (Author) and Dowling, David (Author)
EditorsFeatherstone, Jeffrey
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 49th International Society of City and Regional Planners Congress (ISOCARP 2013)
Number of Pages12
Year2013
Place of PublicationThe Hague, Netherlands
ISBN9789490354220
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/publicAbstractView.do?id=226081&congressId=7180
Conference/Event49th World Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP 2013): Frontiers of Planning: Evolving and Declining Models of City Planning Practice
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49th World Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP 2013): Frontiers of Planning: Evolving and Declining Models of City Planning Practice
Event Date
01 to end of 04 Oct 2013
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

The debate about the nature of planning continues as the profession seeks to maintain currency in an ever changing world, where environmental, educational, societal, and technological changes are rapid and often unpredictable. In these dynamic contexts, universities are expected to ensure that planning education programs continue to produce competent professional planning graduates who can adapt their practice to cope with change. The question is: how should universities decide what planning reality to prepare students for? Is it one where planners are scarce and graduates need to be job ready or is it a reality where planners are change managers who use higher order thinking skills and systems theories to guide their practice? Or, is it a mix of these separate realities? To prevent a skewed definition of the nature of the discipline it is important that all of the stakeholders have an opportunity to freely and equally contribute in any process used to define the planning discipline. The authors used the inclusive Define Your Discipline (DYD) Stakeholder Consultation Process in a pilot study in Queensland to create a draft Graduate Capability Framework for planning degree programs. Once complete, the Framework could be used to inform not only curriculum renewal, but also professional accreditation processes.

Keywordscapability frameworks; graduate attributes; Define Your Discipline; accreditation; planning education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330402. History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
330401. Community planning
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Engineering and Surveying
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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