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Exploring the Relationship Between Academic Knowledge & Practice in Landscape Architecture

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Title: Exploring the Relationship Between Academic Knowledge & Practice in Landscape Architecture
Author: Langley, William
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Corry, Robert
Abstract: Academic knowledge serves specific functions within a profession, and can affect the relationship between a profession and its work. Due to a reliance on other disciplines, a specialized body of knowledge within landscape architecture is difficult to identify. Is there a specialized body of knowledge in landscape architecture, and if so, what is it? A mixed methods strategy was used where data from two pre-existing self-administered surveys, university curricula, and two comprehensive review articles published in ‘Landscape Journal’ were gathered to identify knowledge domains through content analysis. The results were analyzed to identify a specialized body of knowledge. Only two out of ten knowledge domains were consistently identified within each data set - design and natural. Each knowledge domain’s importance also changed depending on the perspective used, as well as over time. These results highlight the importance of academic knowledge to landscape architecture and its ability to conduct work.
Date: 2015-05
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada
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