Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning | Number 2 | Year 2014 | ISSN 2350-3637

Mojca Foški1, Gašper Mrak1, Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek1

Student Workshops as an example of Project Based Learning (PBL)

DOI 10.15292/IU-CG.2014.02.066-072 | UDK 374:303.425:711.4(497.4) | SUBMITTED: 06/2014 | REVISED: 09/2014 | PUBLISHED: 10/2014
Author's affiliation: 1 University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Slovenia

Student workshops are a form of Project Based Learning (PBL) and cooperation among educational institutions, and local communities. The purpose of this is that both parties gain positive experiences. For educational institutions this is a good way to be challenged with a real-life case where students seek answers to real-life questions in spatial development. The mentors are their guides through a theory-based methodological approach. For local communities this cooperation opens a public discussion on the local challenges in spatial development with all the interested stakeholders, but mostly with the general professional and "lay" public. To gain insight into the actual opinion on student workshops of the local communities we created an anonymous on-line questionnaire, whose results confirmed the aforementioned statements. All 212 Slovenian municipalities were asked to complete the survey. The responses were received from 56 municipalities (26%). The results show a high satisfaction rate of the local communities with the student workshops and with the results regarding the local spatial development challenges in the area of the municipality involved. Moreover, the results clearly demonstrated that the local communities are, in fact, aware that the proposals and ideas are far from actual professional designs of spatial planning documents, but rather a basis for open discussion and a starting point for further work. Moreover, they are also aware that the student workshops are a form of learning process – they are very supportive of it, and have high hopes for future in-depth cooperation with educational institutions.

student workshop, project based learning (PBL), survey, local community


Foški, M., Mrak, G., Zavodnik Lamovšek, A. (2014). Student Workshops as an example of Project Based Learning (PBL). Igra Ustvarjalnosti - Creativity Game, 2/2014, 66-72.

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