Postprint version. Published in Journal of Planning Education and Research, Volume 11, Issue 2, January 1, 1992, pages 141-150.
Copyright © 1992 Sage Publications.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Hemalata C. Dandekar was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0739456X9201100206.
Practitioners have long stressed the need to teach professional commumcations skills to planning students. This paper describes ten years of experience in teaching a course in which communications skills and techniques of gathering and analyzing information are taught concurrently while investigating a problem of importance in the community. The course involves an ongoing collaboration, a "marriage of convenience," between an academic and a planner, casting city/county planning staff as clients for students This has proven useful for pedagogy and has had some positive impact on the community.
Urban, Community and Regional Planning