To live safely in today's traffic environment, the author suggests that a child must learn the right way to walk along roads with and without pavements, how he should cross a road safely and how to cope with these and many other traffic problems that surround him as a pedestrian, as a passenger, and as a cyclist. In this article the author describes a research project undertaken by the University of Reading under a commission from the Transport and Road Research Laboratory. The purpose of the project was to examine in detail existing methods of teaching road safety in British primary and middle schools, and from this and other information to develop methods and materials which would improve children's knowledge and awareness of how to cope safely in the real world of traffic. The pupils concerned were within the ages 5 to 13, and reference is made to the use of traffic education materials consisting of three books. Book 1 - 'on the pavement', aimed to improve infants awareness and knowledge of the traffic and roads; book 2 - 'the young traveller', which was aimed at the 7 to 9 age group; and book 3 - 'preparing for the road', designed primarily to meet the needs of pupils in the upper ranges of primary and middle schools. Evaluation design, cognitive tests and administrative tests are described. The trials and evaluation programme were completed for 99 out of an original sample of 106 classes selected from six education authorities (including one in Scotland), and the test results are presented and discussed. /TRRL/

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    Step Management Services, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Singh, A
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 8-12
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Education
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Step Management Services, Limited
    • ISSN: 0142-0402

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196882
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM