THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS FOR TEACHING PEDESTRIAN SKILLS TO CHILDREN

The article reviews the research conducted in this field, mainly by TRRL, but also including work by ROSPA and the Department of Education since 1964. There was little road safety taught at school up to 1968 although teachers agreed that it was an important topic. Most of the teaching was done by visiting experts. The kerb drill was revised and a new crossing code introduced in 1971. Considerable savings in accidents were recorded at the time of the publicity introducing the green cross code, and this has formed the basis of most teaching programmes and child road safety campaigns since that time. Details are given of the philosophy and development of the "39 steps" graded structure of teaching points. It was found that school teaching achieved more where real roads were used and that the "one-off" road safety talk did not achieve a great deal. The series of three handbooks, for the 5-13 age range, children and traffic, contained many ideas on the topics and techniques for the teaching of road safety which had been tested at schools. Other curriculum developments described include the health education material and the schools council moral education programme. However curriculum development is not sufficient on its own and parental help is needed with dissemination leading to adoption. (TRRL)

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    Step Management Services, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • SHEPPARD, D
  • Publication Date: 1981

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 6-9
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Education
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Step Management Services, Limited
    • ISSN: 0142-0402

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334939
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM