THE CAPACITY OF YOUNG CHILDREN TO COPE WITH THE TRAFFIC SYSTEM: A REVIEW

There has been little direct research into the development of road-crossing abilities in children. In this report, the child pedestrian problem is reviewed and a simple road-crossing task is analysed into its perceptual and judgemental components. Developmental research into these components is reviewed to examine whether the ability to cross the road depends on age alone, or whether it could be improved with appropriate training. The evidence suggests that school-age children are capable of being trained to cope with traffic systems. The educational programmes should avoid emphasis on ritualised rote learning of "magic" formulae, like the kerb drill. It is also important for educators to realize that young children cannot understand some logical operations such as negation and "either - or" phrases. Programmes should concentrate on widening children's traffic experience by demonstrating the meaning of basic concepts such as safety / danger, fast / slow, and explaining the judgements needed in crossing the road. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    New South Wales Dept of Motor Transport, Australia

    Traffic Accident Research Unit, Rothschild Avenue Roseberry
    Sydney, New South Wales 2018,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Avery, G C
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 8/74 R&D Rpt.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM