Designing and Assessing a Teaching Laboratory for an Integrated Land Use and Transportation Course

86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC, January 2007

Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2046, pp. 85-93

9 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2011 Last revised: 23 Dec 2013

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David King

College of the North Atlantic - Qatar

Kevin Krizek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Matthew Levinson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 21, 2007

Abstract

The intersection of land use and transportation policy is an important focus for all urban planners. This focus challenges the academic community to design effective courses that teach the concepts and professional skills required for professional experience. Integrated land use and transportation courses should help students develop interdisciplinary skills while becoming familiar with, for example, travel behavior and zoning policies. Laboratory courses as part of graduate curricula provide platforms to emphasize requisite planning skills. The associated pedagogy problem is devising laboratory assignments that are integrative, cumulative, practical, and interesting for students. This paper evaluates the success of laboratory segments of a land use-transportation course at the University of Minnesota in teaching concepts and skills that are central to planning practice. The lab design and student projects for a 4-year period are described; then a survey of former students is used to ask how central the concepts and skills from the course and lab are to the students’ planning careers. The laboratory projects had students propose new development using air rights above existing (and sunken) urban freeways in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The projects encouraged problem-based learning through reflexive planning processes, and the final projects were evaluated by practitioners and community leaders. Through analyses of the completed projects and survey responses, the authors demonstrate how these laboratory components serve multiple pedagogical goals.

Keywords: education, transportation, laboratory, simulation

JEL Classification: I20, R40, R41

Suggested Citation

King, David and Krizek, Kevin and Levinson, David Matthew, Designing and Assessing a Teaching Laboratory for an Integrated Land Use and Transportation Course (January 21, 2007). Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2046, pp. 85-93. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735645

David King

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Kevin Krizek

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David Matthew Levinson (Contact Author)

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