Flip Chart Notes for Group No. 1


Sessions 1, 2 and 3




Knowledges, skills and understanding needed to deal with challenges and implications of worldwide and Canadian trends in planning:


Global/local dialectic

Technological change


Place making

Active and experiential learning




We need to implement a culture of interdisciplinarity within schools

Planning needs to have more post ­professional degrees

Institutions/Universities should specialize

We need to see the degree as a foundation for life-long learning

We need to draw on local practice



Question 1. Can any one planning program teach all these roles?

NO, institutions should specialize


Question 3. Knowledges and process skills imp. to emerging planning roles

Courage - to think, critique, ask 'dumb' or obvious questions, and act ethically



Ability to identify and understand contexts within which decisions are made

Ability to create shared meaning or "overstanding"

Learning to learn

Ladder life long learning- kindergarten to grave

Ethical commitment is what makes planning unique

Programs need to be diverse in order to teach all these skills



Planning skills and how they should be taught:

Should planners / planning education be generalist or specialist?

Universities should specialize to some degree

There should be some ability to specialize with each masters program ­ but we are / should be moving to less constraints within specializations

Planning is unique because of its generalist nature

Many planning professionals have been serial specialists throughout their careers

Students come to SCARP to learn application not specialization (planning is concerned with action)

Involvement of practitioners in planning education (through teaching or professional development):

Universities need to use professionals to teach professional skills like communication and presentation

Universities need to make space for professors who don't have PhD's but have vast knowledge and experience

Programs should have options for short/long thesis (thesis / project), evening and weekend courses

Should be an ethical commitment throughout the profession to teach/ mentor new planners