Road safety education in schools: a critical examination of three initiatives

Vick, Malcolm , and Navin, Fiona (2008) Road safety education in schools: a critical examination of three initiatives. In: Proceedings of AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference. From: AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference, 25-29 November 2007, Fremantle, WA, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper examines some recent road safety education initiatives for senior high school students in Queensland. The first has been developed and trialled by Queensland Transport to promote safer driving by young drivers. Program outlines and a trial based on these program outlines are analysed. The second is under development by a regional Catholic Education Office to assist Indigenous boarding students to obtain their learner licence as part of their senior schooling before returning to their home communities. Program documentation is analysed. The third was a one-off program implemented in a state high school in Townsville in 2003; it is analysed on the basis of observations of the program, student work and interviews conducted with students involved in the program. These initiatives are critically compared with current educational research on quality teaching. The analysis highlights differences, from a negatively focused information based approach, through a more practical-outcome focus, to an approach that engages students in investigation, significant ‘real life’ problem solving and advocacy. It argues that the analysis of these programs in light of theories of good pedagogy offers pointers for the future development of effective road safety education programs.

Item ID: 7545
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: road safety; secondary schooling
ISBN: 1324-9339
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2010 23:51
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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