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ERIC Number: ED558729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: 978-1-9100-0845-4
ISSN: N/A
Research into the Impact of Bikeability Training on Children's Ability to Perceive and Appropriately Respond to Hazards When Cycling on the Road
Hodgson, Claire; Worth, Jack
National Foundation for Educational Research
Bikeability (2014) is described as "cycling proficiency for the 21st century". The training is practical, skill-based, outcome-led and designed to "boost the confidence of the trainee and to minimise risk". There are three levels of training and children typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learned to ride a bike. Level 2 training is generally provided to children in Year 5 or 6 before they leave primary school. The policy purpose of Bikeability is to give children the skills and confidence needed to cycle on today's roads and so encourage more people to cycle more often with less risk. It is against this background that this research was designed to test the hypothesis that Bikeability training improves a child's ability to perceive and appropriately respond to on-road hazards faced by people who cycle. The main research question for the study was: How does Bikeability affect the ability of children to perceive and appropriately respond to hazards when cycling on the road, if at all? This question was explored by means of an on-screen quiz devised to test knowledge and skills relating to hazard perception and responding appropriately to hazards. The quiz was taken by both Bikeability-trained and untrained pupils and validated by a practical on-road assessment of Bikeability-trained children. Key findings include: (1) Children who participated in Bikeability Level 2 training scored significantly higher on the hazard perception and appropriate response quiz, after training, than children who had not received training; (2) The effect of the Bikeability Level 2 training was unchanged when children re-took the quiz more than two months after training, suggesting that the effect of the training was sustained; and (3) Children who participated in training reported increased confidence when cycling on the road compared to their initial level of confidence.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom