Evaluation of the efficacy of simulation games in traffic safety education of kindergarten children

Am J Public Health. 1989 Mar;79(3):307-9. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.3.307.


Using a simulation game designed to teach children to obey certain traffic safety rules, an experimental study was conducted with 136 five-year-old children in four Quebec schools. Within each classroom, subjects were randomly divided into four groups: three intervention groups and one control group. Each of the experimental groups was subjected to a different intervention with outcome measured using three instruments related to attitudes, behavior, and transfer of learning of pedestrian traffic safety. Results suggest that simulation games including role-playing/group dynamics and modeling/training can change attitudes and modify behavior in the area of pedestrian traffic safety in children of this age.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention / education*
  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Psychodrama*
  • Quebec
  • Role Playing*
  • Teaching / methods*