Planning Students’ Conceptions of Research

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Pojani, Dorina, Kimpton, Anthony and Rocco, Roberto. 2023. "Planning Students’ Conceptions of Research." Journal of Planning Education and Research. 43 (2), pp. 402-415. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X19884107
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Planning Students’ Conceptions of Research

ERA Journal ID5961
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPojani, Dorina, Kimpton, Anthony and Rocco, Roberto
Journal TitleJournal of Planning Education and Research
Journal Citation43 (2), pp. 402-415
Number of Pages14
Year2023
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0739-456X
1552-6577
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X19884107
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0739456X19884107
AbstractThis study examines the conceptualizations of planning research by more than two hundred Master’s students enrolled in planning schools located throughout four continents. The study is set in the context of theories on the two main traditions of planning thought: “planning as a social science” and “planning as design.” The findings reveal that planning students typically have one of four conceptions of planning research: (1) research as trading of ideas, (2) research as gathering of evidence, (3) research as precursor to design, and (4) research as rhetoric. While the planning schools included in this study have diverse orientations (along the design–social science continuum), our findings suggest that planning students most often conceptualize this discipline as a social science. The orientation of a planning student’s current school or department appears to be more important in determining a student’s conception research than his or her undergraduate study major. While planning curricula are becoming more homogenized around the world, some national traditions persist which then affect how students regard planning research.
Keywordsplanning education; planning students; planning paradigms; research conceptions
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330402. History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
University of Queensland
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
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