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

Basson, Marita and Dowling, David (2013) What do planners do? Define your discipline to drive undergraduate curriculum renewal. In: 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, 1-4 Oct 2013, Brisbane, Australia.


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.

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Additional Information: © 2013 ISOCARP. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2014 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 01:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: capability frameworks; graduate attributes; Define Your Discipline; accreditation; planning education
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120502 History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24451

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