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Title:Professional development in landscape architecture: professionalization, geographic trends, and research consumption
Author(s):Moen, Bridgette
Advisor(s):Deming, Margaret E.
Department / Program:Landscape Architecture
Discipline:Landscape Architecture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):professional development
research consumption
academic literacy
professional literacy
landscape profession
Abstract:By definition, landscape architecture is considered both a “profession and academic discipline” (Evert et al. 2010, 509). However, the status and the legitimacy of landscape architecture as a true discipline has been somewhat contested in the past (Riley 1990, 47). According to Carr-Saunders’s seminal 1933 book, The Professions, part of what separates practicing professionals from vocational tradesmen is lifelong training and intellectual learning (Carr-Saunders and Wilson 1933, 285). In landscape architecture, professional development can take many forms including reading academic or professional literature, entering speculative design competitions, pursuing advanced degrees, or attending professional conferences. However, there are few available studies on the current (or historical) status of professional development in the field of landscape architecture. This thesis investigates the value(s) placed on professional development by landscape architects in order to determine why practicing landscape architects partake in professional development activities through practitioner surveys and interviews. Two research strategies are utilized in this study: description and interpretation. Data collection is based on an online survey with selected follow-up interviews. The results of this thesis have potential implications for both academics and professionals in landscape architecture. Developing a better understanding of continuing professional learning may help identify weaknesses and strengths in the relationship between professionals and academics, which would potentially strengthen landscape architecture as a profession and as a discipline.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Bridgette Moen
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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