Transport planning education in urban planning schools in Australia
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In the next four decades, seventy per cent of the world's population will become urban, demanding improved mobility and better accessibility. Yet current transport planning practice at both international and domestic level has not been able to keep pace with the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, increased globalization and internationalization. Diversifying requirements of the transport planning industry and practice is further stressing universities to equip students not only with the tools of the trade to be able to connect ideas with action but also to have a deeper and more practical understanding of transport issues and challenges to result in reflective practice. In Australia, transport planning courses in academic institutions are increasingly progressing from being taught as a purely technical to a multi-disciplinary, practice-based discipline. Through an evidence-based scoping framework, this article examines the extent to which transportation planning curriculum design in various Australian planning programs addresses the needs of industry whilst also ensuring that students are able to develop appreciation of planning theories. The framework serves as a template to initially scope the capacity and capability of university-level transport planning education in Australian urban planning schools in addressing the emerging needs of the transport planning profession and to investigate the extent to which programs meet emerging needs of the industry. While results indicate a progression towards non-traditional multidisciplinary curriculum design, there are still areas that require significant improvement. The intent of this study is to assess the extent to which future planners can be equipped with the necessary skills to plan for transport effectively and the capabilities required to lead the next generation of transport planning practice.
Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013 Proceedings
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