Educating planners as social entrepreneurs

The potential of community-based professional training


  • Shelly Hefetz Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • Rachel Kallus Technion – Israel Institute of Technology




community-based knowledge, planning education, community-based professional training


This article reports on the findings of a study that examined and evaluated the applicability and feasibility of community-based knowledge (CBK) in planning education in Israel. Based on research findings, the paper explores different approaches and attitudes to CBK in planning, as well as ways to implement community-based pedagogy (CBP) in professional training. The connection between planning knowledge and pedagogy is explored in order to understand the role of academia in professional training and its potential in establishing a toolbox for current planners. We discuss these challenges, and present a framework for implementing the skills required for educating planners as social entrepreneurs.




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