טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentMiri Hirsh (Krupnik)
SubjectInterdisciplinary Training as a Provider of an
Interdisciplinary Perspective among Planning
Students
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisors Dr. Mitrany Michal
Professor Emeritus Churchman Arza
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Abstract

The present research focuses on the program for urban and regional planning in Technion, Haifa between the years 1990-2005.  The field of urban and regional planning addresses the urban and regional phenomena and designs suitable programs. In the framework of the research, the interdisciplinary characteristics of the program, as well as their internalization by the graduates are examined.   In addition, it is examined whether and how the program guides the graduate towards the interdisciplinary approach, which enables him/her to concentrate on, generalize, coordinate, and operate multiple fields together in the framework of the final research project.

The importance of interdisciplinary cooperation was surveyed through focusing on the field of urban and regional planning including review of the development of the field in Israel and Western countries.

The method of the research included the classification of various components of the qualification program according to different levels of cooperation and consisted of three surveys - the newsletters annually published by Technion, the attitudes of the academic staff and the research activities in the Center for Urban and Regional Planning.  In addition, the survey of the interdisciplinary qualities as expressed in the graduates’ final research projects was performed - research processes, examining phenomena, and solutions presentation. The interdisciplinary qualities were examined by the means of the quantitative objective scale, developed by Mitrany and Stokols (2005), wherein the criteria for assessing the research projects were established.

The findings indicate that the Program for Urban and Regional Planning can be seen as interdisciplinary in terms of the level of cooperation between various fields carried out within its framework.

The examination of the interdisciplinary qualities in the research projects indicates that most of them, 58%. are interdisciplinary. Four intervening variables were isolated: gender, the type of degree (M.Sc or PhD), the academic progress throughout the years, and the supervisor’s influence. This inquiry has highlighted the fact that the interdisciplinary qualities of the research projects were to a large extent affected by the supervisor and the type of degree as a framework of the research submission.

The findings expose the existence of correlation between the training process and its final product. We assume that the internalization of the interdisciplinary training will affect the future professional functioning and will lead  planning designs, making decisions and determining policy understanding the complexity and multidimensionality of the urban phenomenon.