Understanding Transport Planning Education in an Australian Context

Transport planning professionals, upon commencing practice, are expected to be well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to address new and emerging urban transport challenges as well as to support the changing mobility and accessibility needs of communities. Because of this, the higher education sector is experiencing stronger pressure from industry, government and the public to demonstrate its ability to educate more work-ready graduates, including planning for transport. This research examines the education of transport planning professionals in the Australian context, examining to what extent students are being prepared to enhance their skills that would make them more competitive in the workplace. This research investigates the theory to practice nexus using a survey-based research design administered to transport planning educators and students. It examines the strategies and approaches employed by educators in higher education institutions to address the needs of industry and elicits perception of students within a single institution to examine what they perceive enhances their engagement and learning in taught transport planning course offerings. Results show that students favor activities that offer experiential education, and subsequently, learning. Moreover, while considered as relatively challenging, group work assessment was considered as an important exercise that simulated the workplace setting, engaged student in participatory transport planning process, and created a platform where students were able to bring in a number of key considerations into planning concerns, and overall, allowed them (students) to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The study significantly contributes in enhancing transportation planning pedagogy and informing overall practice in Australia and beyond.


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  • Accession Number: 01639508
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2017 2:39PM