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Two UW-Superior professors will attend an international conference to discuss how they combine their expertise in geography and transportation to teach an urban planning course with an academic service-learning project.
Dr. Randy Gabrys Alexson and Dr. Richard Stewart will present their paper "Team Teaching Urban Planning and Transportation Systems: Project-Based Pedagogy" at Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies to be held Nov.17-18 in Prato, Italy.
The professors' paper focuses on Geography/Transportation 402 Urban Planning and Transportation Systems. For the past decade, Gabrys Alexson, professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, and Stewart, professor in the transportation and logistics management program, each have taught portions of the course to ensure students benefit from faculty expertise both in geography and transportation.
The course examines planning theories and practices that shaped the geography of 19th and 20th century urban and suburban areas. A key component includes an examination of 21st century problems, pressures and solutions to urban and transportation needs.
The professors also focus on projects that students enrolled in the course complete as part of their academic service-learning requirement. In recent years students have conducted studies for a regional planning agency, including a comparative analysis in 2009 of the "Twin Ports Passenger Rail Terminal Location: A Preliminary Study" and the 2011 "UW-Superior and Central Development Bus Stops: Preliminary Analysis." The studies require students to conduct a literature review, field research, planning methods, a written report and public presentation.
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