Top articles on road safety education

Here is a selection of articles about road safety education in New Zealand. These were published in magazines and journals aimed at professionals in the school sector.

Principals, teachers and road safety professionals will find practical ideas and an overview of how road safety education supports the day-to-day work of schools.

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Citizens, road users and deep learners

Sarah HowellPublished: May 2017 Where: NZ Education Gazette

Road Safety Week took place from 8–14 May, providing a timely chance to reflect on how sharing our roads can be an effective context for learning. Education Gazette looked at how teachers are integrating road safety into their school curriculum.

  • In support of effective teaching and learning
  • Resources and partners for road safety
  • Outcomes for learners

Competition seeks ideas for ‘future transport'

Published: February 2017 Where: NZ Interface Magazine

A curriculum-based competition challenged Year 1-13 students to create games or narratives about transport for the future.

The competition was created by the NZ Transport Agency in conjunction with a teacher reference group. Teachers from the group discuss how this approach to learning can lead to successful curriculum outcomes for students.

Values explored by students on school patrol

School patrol signsPublished: November 2016 Where: NZ Education Gazette

The school patrol is a tried and tested way that students contribute to their school community. Education Gazette finds out how the task puts values into action for those students involved.

  • Generations of service
  • In their own words: students discuss school patrol
  • A sense of service
  • Working with Police

Turning gamers into digital designers

Published: June 2016 Where: NZ Interface Magazine

During an open night at Shirley Boys’ High School for prospective families, a group of Year 10 students waited for their audience. The lads fired up their devices, pulled out decks of cards and it was game on.

The students were in a social sciences class working on prototype games about road safety. Their best work was entered into the NZ Transport Agency’s Game Design Competition.

Re-imagining secondary learning through a key competencies frame

Dr Rosemary HipkinsPublished: November 2015 Where: NZ Education Gazette

The key competencies help teachers to re-imagine learning that is future focused and meaningful for students’ lives, writes Dr Rosemary Hipkins, with Wayne Erb.

  • Teaching for meaningful learning
  • Examples: safe road use
  • Assessment implications of a key competencies frame for learning

Dr Rosemary Hipkins is a chief researcher at NZCER. With three colleagues, she has written a book called Key Competencies for the Future.

Learning to be wise with your bike

Published: November 2014 Where: NZ Interface Magazine

You can support students to become involved in cycling at school by checking out resources at the Bike Wise ‘10 for Teachers’. It’s full of activities that will engage students and help them discover why people cycle, as well as learn about safe cycling equipment and practices. Article includes:

  • links to the design history of bicycles
  • information on Go by Bike Day 2015
  • guide to running a big bike tune up at school

Poetry in safer motion

Published: October 2014 Where: NZ Interface Magazine

New Zealand primary curriculum resourceOn the streets and in the classroom, students now have an opportunity to become knowledge producers, with safer travel in their sights.

Wayne Erb reviews ‘Everyone is a road user’, a new curriculum resource from the NZ Transport Agency for years 1-8. Article includes:

  • Insights by Pam Hook into being a knowledge-producing school
  • Highlights of the new curriculum resource

Authentic learning trumps fear tactics

Published: May 2014 Where: Education Review series

Mary ChamberlainInnovative secondary teachers are using road safety as an authentic context for young people to apply curriculum learning, writes Mary Chamberlain, an independent education consultant with extensive leadership experience in curriculum development. Article includes:

  • Practical insights into what does and does not work in terms of road safety education in schools
  • Examples of New Zealand secondary teachers integrating safe travel contexts into the curriculum
  • How teachers can map road safety against the citizenship education models of Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne.

Digging deep for virtual learning

Published: February 2014 Where: NZ Interface Magazine

Two virtual field trip programmes aim to get students involved with nationally important road projects – ‘Memorial Park’ and ‘Waterview Connection’. Both provide teachers a rage of activities and experiences that will deepen learning across the curriculum. Article includes:

  • Feedback from teachers about student learning connected to the field trips

Road safety as a context for statistical inquiry

Published: January 2013   Where: Key Competencies on TKI

In this story, the teacher was keen for her year 10 students to experience a statistical inquiry which contributed to wider social outcomes in addition to the more immediate new mathematical knowledge being built. Article includes:

  • Steps students took during a statistical inquiry cycle using an NZTA curriculum resource
  • Reflections on effective pedagogy
  • Discussion starter on making meaning with students’ futures in mind.

Road safety as context for the secondary curriculum

Published: October 2012   Where: The New Zealand Curriculum Online

Tawa student workThese four full case studies show how secondary teachers created or trialled resources that use road safety ideas and action to add relevance and depth to learning areas.

Article includes:

  • Teacher insights into lesson planning and curriculum design
  • Evidence of student outcomes
  • Examples from English, science, statistics and visual arts.

New Zealand Transport Agency case studies

Published: November 2011   Where: The New Zealand Curriculum Online

Onehunga student work.These case studies illustrate how three schools have explored road safety aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and are intended for both primary and junior secondary students (years 9 and 10).

Article includes:

  • Cross-curricular learning about how smart choices result in safe travel
  • Field trips that integrate earth science and safe travel
  • Health lessons that get students analysing current events.