An experimental safe-road-crossing-interval discriminating training procedure based on cine materials and a counter-conditioning reinforcement procedure for correct and incorrect responses was tested by application to the total population (339) of a suburban Melbourne primary school. In comparison with simple repetition of the discrimination task, subjects receiving information feedback by display of the consequences of incorrect judgments and symbolic confirmation of correct responses performed significantly better in post training responses to test films. However, the advantage of the feedback group was to a large extent a function of post training deficits in the performance of the non-feedback groups and an unusual gain in performance of second grade students to which sampling errors probably contributed. Significant gains for informational feedback training across test periods for a small control sample of sixth grade boys tested individually, however, suggest that control of test conditions was an important factor. It is felt that the training concept should be re-evaluated by a small scale repetition of the experiment with carefully controlled test conditions. In addition, the analysis shows that the procedure has a potential diagnostic value for identifying unsafe road crossing judgments and specifying a remedial course of instructions. Improvements both in materials and procedures are indicated. /Author/

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    • This research was supported by the Department of Transport, Australia.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Monash University

    Human Factor Groups, Wellington Road
    Clayton, Victoria 3168,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • McKelvey, R K
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

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  • Accession Number: 00196430
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Australian Road Safety Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HFR-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM