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|Student Award - Don Schön Award|
The award is given in memory of Donald Schön and in honor of his seminal work on the reflective nature of creative planning practice. 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 carries a cash grant of $1000 USD provided by the ACSP and funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The ACSP will also provide waived conference registration if the student is available to attend and present their award-winning paper at a special Student Award Paper Session at the Annual Conference.
The deadline for submission of applications is June 1. All submissions for this award must use the form below.
Biography of Donald Schön
Donald Schön’s work on reflective practice has had a profound impact in all professional fields and has challenged practitioners to learn from their experience in order to achieve excellence in the art of professional practice.
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 organization theory and pedagogy by studying how innovation occurs and how individuals and organizations 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).
Past Award Winners
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