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|Student Award - Don Schön Award|
Deadline: June 1
Since 1998, the Donald Schön Award has recognized a paper written for a graduate course in planning, a master's thesis, or a research report which shows excellence in the writer’s personal and/or professional learning from practice and in the analysis of that learning. In addition to submissions which demonstrate reflection on the writer’s professional engagement, the Committee welcomes more theoretical papers on planning practice which use and are informed by Schön’s work.
The award committee will evaluate submitted work according to its contribution to our understanding of reflective practice, to the teaching or to the diffusion of such practice in the profession and in the community.
The award is given in memory of Donald Schön and in honor of his seminal work on the reflective nature of creative planning practice.
About Donald Schön
Schön (1930 – 1997) was a professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His colleagues at MIT established the Donald A. Schön Award in honor of his remarkable career and in order to promote reflective practice in city planning and foster its study in planning programs.
Trained as a philosopher (and as a musician), Schön made his mark in the fields of organisation theory and pedagogy by studying how innovation occurs and how individuals and organisations learn. After earning his PhD, he worked on innovation strategies and policies in private consulting and in government. He joined MIT in 1968 as Visiting Professor, became Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education in 1972 and chaired the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1990 to 1992.
Schön’s best-known books are The Displacement of Concepts (1963), Beyond the Stable State (1973), Theory in Practice (with Chris Argyris, 1974), Organizational Learning (w. Chris Argyris, 1978), The Reflective Practitioner (1983), Educating the Reflective Practitioner (1987) and Frame Reflection (w. Martin Rein, 1994).
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