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Collaboratice Community Plannng

Heywood, Philip R. (2004) Collaboratice Community Plannng. Australian Planner, 41(2), pp. 30-33.

Abstract

As a practical profession, planning has always needed to link action to ideas and values. Most Planning courses have devoted a substantial part of their time to practical project work designed to produce physical and social change. This has often led them into advocacy roles, involving active cooperation between students and local community and promotional groups. There has, however, been less collaboration with governments or businesses and very little attempt to convene active partnerships with all three groups to develop and test new ideas. Indeed, until recently, planning discourse has been marked by a division between quite abstract academic theory and practice that was strongly influenced by the regulatory roles assigned to the profession by governments.

There is, nonetheless, an inherent need to link theory and practice. Conceptual theory, referring only to other theories, runs the risk of circling back to an isolated ivory tower, which neither the profession nor the general community want to visit. Equally, practice which does not review its activities against aims, or reflect upon how to improve performance, risks becoming conservative and ultimately irrelevant. As well as practitioners and theorists, other parties also need to be involved. The people experiencing the situations and problems which planners aim to resolve need to be heard in their own cases, since none of us can stand in others’ shoes. This fusion of ideas and practice requires the inclusion of private and community players, a continuing stream of good information about individual and community needs, and development of ideas to provide new solutions. These in turn demand adequate supplies of well-informed and motivated young practitioners to operate the new system of community based action planning.

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ID Code: 7944
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Collaborative Planning, Community Planning, Action Research, Social responsibility
ISSN: 0739 2682
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Education (220202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Planning Institute of Australia.
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal (link above) for access to the definitive, published version.
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:41

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