|Prospects For Urban Planning Education
|Year of Publication
|Susskind, L, Nutt, TE, Retsinas, N
|Journal of the American Institute of Planners
|education, planning education, societal change, teaching methods, urban planning
This article summarizes the current prospects for urban planning education. Working from nationwide surveys of planning students and planning departments as well as from the National Conference on Urban Planning Education, the authors find that many students are dissatisfied with the style and content of planning education and that many planning departments are unable to articulate the educational objectives of their programs. Survey responses from planning programs reveal a distinct dichotomy between schools mentioning societal change and schools oriented toward meeting current professional needs. Very few departments have developed innovative curricula or teaching methods, and, in general, only a few schools seem willing to take the risks involved in experimenting with new models of planning education.