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Survey of impact assessment education

Sánchez, L.E. and Morrison-Saunders, A. (2010) Survey of impact assessment education. In: IAIA10 Transitioning to the Green Economy, 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 6 - 11 April, Geneva, Switzerland

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During the IAIA conferences held in 2008 and 2009, a survey questionnaire was distributed to academics involved in teaching any form of impact assessment (IA) in universities and colleges. Participants returned thirty-two questionnaires, representing 18 countries. Impact assessment is taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Formal lectures, case studies and group discussions are favorite teaching approaches, whereas site or field visits are used by less than 50% of the respondents. Practitioners are often invited guest lecturers. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is the most frequent type of IA taught, with strategic environmental assessment (SEA) ranking second. Written examinations and reports are the most frequent means used to assess students' learning. There is a great similarity in course content, suggesting the existence of a core group of topics internationally relevant for IA education.

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