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Theory versus Practice in Planning Education: The View from South Africa
Univ Free State, Urban & Reg Planning, Bloemfontein, South Africa..
UCL, Bartlett Sch Planning, London, England..
Univ Birmingham, Sch Geog Earth & Environm Sci, Birmingham, W Midlands, England..
Malmö University, Institute for Urban Research (IUR). Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1363-8014
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2022 (English)In: Planning practice + research, ISSN 0269-7459, E-ISSN 1360-0583, Vol. 37, no 4, p. 509-525Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reflects on the ongoing debate between theory and practice in planning, using the example of South Africa. Based on survey responses, it discusses how planning education in South Africa is perceived to prepare students for practice. While we acknowledge that the majority of respondents view their planning education positively, the results reveal challenges regarding the practical application of theory, especially in the case of land-use management. We then respond to calls for contextualised practices of knowing, emphasising the 'local' in planning education so that theory and practice can be combined across contexts.

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Routledge, 2022. Vol. 37, no 4, p. 509-525
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Planning education, planning theory, planning practice, South Africa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17126DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2020.1735158ISI: 000519876600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081728108OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-17126DiVA, id: diva2:1426931
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