HOME-STUDY DRIVER EDUCATION
much more content-valid measure for comparing the effectiveness of the different courses.
The findings in this study do not provide any compelling evidence against using home study as an option for teens taking driver education in California. Although the courses evaluated in this study represented a number of different modalities for teaching home-study driver education, and the findings suggest that computer- based courses are more effective than workbook courses, even students who completed the workbook course did not have a lower level of knowledge or worse attitudes compared to classroom students.
Because of the evidence that students who completed the courses involving computer-based and internet instruction performed better on the study exit examination than did students in the workbook and classroom courses, the findings in this regard suggest that using interactive technology to teach driver education resulted in superior learning, consistent with recommendations by some traffic safety researchers for improving the effectiveness of driver education in general.
The use of home-study interactive courses as part of a multi-staged driver education system integrated into graduated licensing programs may make such a system more feasible. Such courses, once made, should be relatively inexpensive, therefore placing minimal demand on the finances and time of parents. Home-study courses may also have the additional benefit of increasing parental involvement in their teen’s learning process, which has been shown to be an important factor in the effectiveness of graduated licensing laws in general.