Localizing a global discipline - Designing new planning programs in Sri Lanka

van Horen, B, Leaf, M and Pinnawala, S (2004) Localizing a global discipline - Designing new planning programs in Sri Lanka. Journal of Planning Education And Research, 23 3: 255-268. doi:10.1177/0739456X03261282

Author van Horen, B
Leaf, M
Pinnawala, S
Title Localizing a global discipline - Designing new planning programs in Sri Lanka
Journal name Journal of Planning Education And Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0739-456X
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0739456X03261282
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 255
End page 268
Total pages 14
Place of publication California, USA
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
310103 Urban and Regional Planning
750799 International relations not elsewhere classified
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
1402 Applied Economics
1604 Human Geography
Abstract In order to be relevant and useful in a fragmented developing country context, community and regional planning needs to shift away from the use of rigid tools to more flexible, adaptive approaches. An international review of planning curricula indicated a widespread consensus with respect to key competencies required of planners. This understanding was used in the development of new teaching programs at three Sri Lankan universities. Complementing the technical core knowledge areas, strong emphases on problem structuring, critical and strategic thinking, and the understanding of the political and institutional contexts appear to be crucial to making the agenda of planning for sustainable development more than a fashionable cliche. In order for these core areas to have relevance in a developing country context, however, planning curricula need to achieve a balance between local priorities and a global perspective.
Keyword Planning & Development
Urban Studies
Planning Education
Curriculum Development
Developing Country
International Collaboration
Q-Index Code C1

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