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ERIC Number: EJ887010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Evaluating School Travel Initiatives and Promoting "Healthy Travel" through PSHCE
Baslington, Hazel
Education 3-13, v38 n2 p117-135 May 2010
The number of primary school children travelling to school by car in the UK has almost doubled from 22% to 43% in 20 years. A governmental policy response is school travel plans (STPs). This paper reports the findings of an empirical evaluation designed to measure the effectiveness of the travel initiative at three schools. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using questionnaires or travel diaries (n=555, Years 3 to 6) and focus groups with pupils in Years 5 and 6 (21 groups, n=90). A walking bus scheme operated successfully at one school but most of the children shared similar attitudes towards transport modes. Two issues regarding the data collection and coverage of the national evaluation of STPs are raised and the implications for research practice discussed. The PSHCE (personal, social health and citizenship education) curriculum offers scope for schools to incorporate their own evaluations to overcome the problems identified. Education for sustainable development (ESD) has international significance and the current and future travel behaviour of children is germane to this. Ideas and resources to promote this through PSHCE are presented. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom