Computer-based pedestrian training resource

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2002
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 28 Jan 2013
  • Last Update: 28 Jan 2013
  • Format: html

Objectives:

To produce computer based training materials for children – safe place finding being one of four key skills. The project sought to prove the validity (or otherwise) of computer training in the roadside environment, as well as successfully educating participants.

Methodology:

Derivation of computer modules, then applying them to children aged from 5 to 10 as classroom sessions. Testing was carried out at the roadside to see how well lessons translated to the external environment, and a control group were used.

Key Findings:

  • Following safe place finding training, the number of safe judgements made by seven to eight year olds and nine to ten year olds doubled. Results improved further in the delayed post-training test, which suggests cumulative benefit.

  • However training had little effect on five to six year olds, suggesting that younger children were less able to translate learning from the classroom to the roadside.

Themes: safe place finding, children, classroom training

Comments:

The study appears to be robust and shows that, for older children at least, a well designed classroom session can translate to improved road crossing behaviour.

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