AN EVALUATION OF THE EXPANDED K-9 TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN NORTH CAROLINA

This paper reviews a K-9 traffic safety curriculum provided to school children in North Carolina between 1975 and 1977. It was evaluated in terms of changes in student knowledge, teachers' reaction to and use of curriculum materials, and principals' administrative appraisal of the program. Changes in knowledge were determined by administering pre- and post-curriculum tests in experimental and control schools at the third and sixth grade levels. It was found that there was a significant difference between experimental and control groups in knowledge acquired during the time period the curriculum was in use. Further analyses showed that the findings were primarily attributable to the improved performance of third graders. The teachers' reaction to and use of the curriculum materials was determined by a questionnaire survey. It was found that the teachers at the K-1, 2-3, and 4-6 levels made much greater use of the curriculum materials than did the teachers at grades 7, 8 and 9. Of the teachers reporting, most rated the curriculum "good," used it "considerably" or "somewhat," used it either integrated into the existing curriculum or both as a separate unit and integrated into the existing curriculum, and found using the materials to be "reasonable." Most of the teachers who reported using the various content area materials considered them to be either of moderate or considerable value, appropriate for the grade level and either moderately or highly interesting to the students. The principals' administrative appraisal of the program was also determined by a survey questionnaire. They were fairly unanimous in reporting that the K-9 traffic safety curriculum should be incorporated as a permanent part of the school curriculum, that most of the teachers entered the program and taught the curriculum with enthusiasm, and that no administrative problems were experienced. Both teachers and principals were asked to provide additional information concerning their recommendations for changing and improving the curriculum. On the basis of the findings the following recommendations are made: 1. Because the teachers' suggestions for changes in the curriculum are indicative of concern among the teachers, they should be given consideration when revisions are made. 2. Because the materials seem to be used so little on the 7-9 grade level, additional effort should be devoted to developing materials that can readily be integrated into the exisiting junior high program. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  USA  27599
  • Authors:
    • Padgett, S S
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 90 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308864
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1980 12:00AM