Practice Insights

Place Standard Tool

24 Feb 2021

The Place Standard Tool is a teaching strategy or tool used for a specific disciplinary context to facilitate student learning of module content.

The Place Standard Tool is a framework originally designed in Scotland to structure conversations about place. “It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making). The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of a place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve.” UCC lecturer Jeanette Fitzsimmons uses this disciplinary specific tool for her CEL initiative ‘Community Based Planning Project’ in the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development. 

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