Becoming reflective practitioners through community based planning projects

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dc.contributor.author Fitzsimons, Jeanette
dc.contributor.editor Supple, Briony en
dc.contributor.editor Delahunty, Tom en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-05T09:47:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-05T09:47:06Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Fitzsimons, J. (2019) 'Becoming reflective practitioners through community based planning projects', Learning Connections 2019: Spaces, People, Practice, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 5-6 December, pp. 109-113. doi: 10.33178/LC.2019.23 en
dc.identifier.startpage 109
dc.identifier.endpage 113
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10712
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/LC.2019.23
dc.description.abstract Inspired by the influential ‘reflective practitioner’ ideas of Donald Schön (1983), there is an established pedagogical tradition in the University College Cork, Centre for Planning Education & Research, in active learning, and using real projects with real clients as a teaching methodology. In semester two 2019, the first year Masters in Planning students engaged with the Glounthaune community to identify the community’s values and aspirations. Concurrently, the second year students prepared a masterplan for a new town centre, drawing on field work, research and findings from the aforementioned community engagement process. Personal reflection was formally embedded in both processes: students considered their professional and personal skills including working together, dealing with communities; active listening and thinking creatively. These reflections deepened the students’ learning through revisiting the experiences guided by a framework of prompted questions. In her discussion of the challenges in developing excellence in planners, Reeves (2009) insists that ‘Planners need to demonstrate their ability to transform understanding into practical and achievable outcomes… Employers want to see more than credentials; they want to see people demonstrating competence. One’s ability to do a job depends on knowledge, skills and qualities.’ Working on real projects with local communities while using reflection-on-action (Schön, 1983) to revisit the experience further develops their competencies. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.publisher National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education en
dc.rights © 2019, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Reflective practitioner en
dc.subject Active learning en
dc.subject Glounthaune en
dc.subject Community engagement en
dc.subject Personal reflection en
dc.title Becoming reflective practitioners through community based planning projects en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Jeanette Fitzsimons, University College Cork en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.conferencelocation University College Cork, Cork, Ireland en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress jeanette.fitzsimons@ucc.ie en


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