What methods work best for educating children?

Children benefit from a combination of educational methods such as group activities, hands-on skill building and discussion. Many of the pedestrian and bicyclist safety skills that children need cannot be taught solely by verbal instruction; they also require practical experience.(1)(2) Hands-on activities such as simulated street crossings and bicycle handling drills provide children with the opportunity to watch and apply safety skills. A parent or instructor walking or bicycling with a child enables the child to learn in a "real world" setting and allows the adult to assess how well the child understands and applies safety skills.

1) Tolmie A, Foot H, McLaren B. Child development and the aims of road safety education: a review and analysis. Road safety research report no 1. London: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1996. Available: http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_rdsafety/documents/page/dft_rdsafety_504586.hcsp. Accessed: December 6, 2005
2)Kearsley Greg. Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database. Copyright 1994-2005. Social Learning Thoery (A. Bandura) website: http://tip.psychology.org/bandura.html accessed: December 7, 2005.

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