ERIC Number: EJ1035050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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An Exploratory Investigation: Are Driving Simulators Appropriate to Teach Pre-Driving Skills to Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities?
Brooks, Johnell O.; Mossey, Mary E.; Tyler, Peg; Collins, James C.
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v42 n3 p204-213 Sep 2014
Research examining driver training for young adults with intellectual disabilities has been limited since the 1970s. The current pilot and exploratory study investigated teaching pre-driving skills (i.e. lane keeping and speed maintenance) to young adults with intellectual disabilities using an interactive driving simulator to provide dynamic and immediate feedback to participants as well as quantifiable data to researchers and educators. Four students from a post-secondary transition course for students with intellectual disabilities (age 21-23) with an average full-scale IQ of 71.5 (range 64-76) participated. Participants practised their pre-driving skills (lane keeping and speed maintenance rather than complex driving environments) on a series of driving courses as well as a coordinated muscle movement activity related to driving for 1 h a day, 5 days a week. After 27 days, two of the four participants significantly improved their lane keeping and speed maintenance skills, while two participants failed to demonstrate steady improvement.
Descriptors: Driver Education, Young Adults, Mental Retardation, Simulation, Instructional Effectiveness, Motor Reactions, Skill Development, Adult Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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