Teaching Urban and Regional Planning
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Teaching Urban and Regional Planning

Innovative Pedagogies in Practice

Edited by Andrea I. Frank and Artur da Rosa Pires

This innovative book makes the case for training future planners in new and creative ways as coordinators, enablers and facilitators. An international range of teaching case studies offer distinctive ideas for the future of planning education along with practical tips to assist in adapting pedagogical approaches to various institutional settings. Unique contributions from educational scholars contextualise the emergent planning education approaches in contemporary pedagogical debates.
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Chapter 7: Beyond the classroom: new skills through community–university outreach

Camila D’Ottaviano and João Farias Rovati

Abstract

Exploring recent actions at the universities of Porto Alegre and São Paulo, this chapter analyses current advances and difficulties of community outreach in Brazil. The objective is to sustain the debate about the paths of community outreach and, especially, about its potential in the field of urban planning and urban studies. It is argued that, by questioning consolidated routines and proposing new pedagogical approaches, outreach actions reveal alternative paths to planning practice and experiment with innovative tools for urban planners’ training as a profession capable of acting from a sensible understanding of reality. It also proposes the defence of the public dimension of community outreach, as an opportunity to "think and act together", particularly at a time of crisis for Brazilian public universities.

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