ERIC Number: ED126234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of the North Carolina K-9 Traffic Safety Curriculum: Methodology, Findings, and Recommendations.
Padgett, Susan S.
The evaluation of the traffic safety curriculum as presented to K-9 students in North Carolina focused on three areas: (1) the extent to which students acquired the information included in the curriculum, (2) the extent to which students showed a change in their actual pedestrian and bicyclist behavior, and (3) the extent to which teachers made use of the curriculum materials. The extent of knowledge was measured through a comparative test of experimental and control groups of Grades 3, 6, and 9 students. A filming system was developed to record actual pedestrian and bicyclist behavior of students from experimental and control schools. Finally, questionnaires were developed to determine the attitude of teachers towards the curriculum materials. The findings of the study revealed the following: (1) Grades 3 and 6 students exposed to the curriculum showed significant increases in knowledge compared to students in control schools, but no significant differences were found at the Grade 9 level, (2) the behavior observed did not show the type of effects expected, and (3) the results of the questionnaire (90.5% return) indicate that traffic safety curriculum was generally accepted and used by teachers. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Highway Safety Research Center.