A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE OF YOUTH FROM INGHAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS DURING A THIRTY-DAY PERIOD BETWEEN RECEIVING A DRIVER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE AND BEING ABLE TO APPLY FOR A MICHIGAN DRIVER'S LICENSE

IN 1968 PUBLIC ACT NO. 263 WAS PASSED IN MICHIGAN AND ESTABLISHED THAT NO OPERATOR'S LICENSE WOULD BE ISSUED UNTIL AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS AFTER A YOUTH HAD OBTAINED A TEMPORARY INSTRUCTION PERMIT OR A VALIDATED DRIVER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE. THIS LAW WAS ENACTED IN THE HOPE THAT THE BEGINNING TEENAGE DRIVER WOULD OBTAIN MORE SUPERVISED DRIVING BEFORE DRIVING AN AUTOMOBILE ALONE. IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THIS THIRTY-DAY EXPERIENCE WOULD SUPPLEMENT THOSE DRIVING EXPERIENCES RECEIVED IN DRIVER EDUCATION. THIS STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO GATHER AND ANALYZE DATA PERTAINING TO THE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ASSISTING THEIR CHILDREN IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRIVING SKILLS, AND TO DETERMINE THE EXPERIENCES YOUTH RECIEVED DURING THIS THIRTY-DAY PERIOD. THE INFORMATION OBTAINED PROVIDES THE ONLY DATA AVAILABLE TO DATE IN THIS AREA. A SAMPLE OF 200 YOUTH WHO HAD SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED DRIVER EDUCATION IN ONE OF THE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN INGHAM COUNTY DURING THE SUMMER OF 1971 WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM A TOTAL POPULATION OF 1949 YOUTH. OF THESE 200, 180 YOUTH WERE INTERVIEWED. AN INTERVIEW GUIDE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS DEVELOPED TO GATHER THE DATA. INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED ONLY IN THOSE SCHOOLS THAT WILLINGLY PARTICIPATED AND WITH STUDENTS WHO WERE WILLING. A DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE DATA WAS MADE FOR PERTINENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE INTERVIEWEE, TYPES AND AMOUNT OF DRIVING SECURED IN BOTH THE THIRTY-DAY INTERIM PERIOD AND IN DRIVER EDUCATION, AND THE ATTITUDE OF THE YOUTH TOWARD THE INTERIM TIME.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Department of Secondary Education and Curriculum
    East Lansing, MI  USA  48824
  • Authors:
    • Counts, J W
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 227 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00222318
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Nat Safety Council Safety Res Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 1974 12:00AM