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Safety 2017, 3(2), 14; doi:10.3390/safety3020014

Enhancing Higher-Order Skills Education and Assessment in a Graduated Motorcycle Licensing System

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Transport and Road Safety Research, The University of NSW, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Work completed while at Youthsafe, Sydney, NSW 2112, Australia
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Learning Systems Analysis, Melbourne, VIC 3195, Australia
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LdeR Consulting, Sydney, NSW 2043, Australia
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Independent advisor, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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Academic Editor: Claes Tingvall
Received: 29 April 2016 / Revised: 8 February 2017 / Accepted: 4 April 2017 / Published: 13 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Driver/Rider Training)
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Abstract

Prior to 2016, motorcycle licensing in Victoria, Australia, required off-road (range) skills testing only, focusing on vehicle-handling skills. The objective of this research was to develop an education and assessment curriculum commensurate with best practice that included on-road components and increased focus on awareness, judgment, and decision-making skills. No single best-practice curriculum was identified in the published literature. Therefore, to guide development of a new curriculum, a best-practice novice driver education framework, Goals for Driver Education, was adapted into the Goals for Rider Education framework. Applying Training Needs Analysis, the target population of learner motorcyclists was identified as largely male and aged under 30 years, with the target crash problem including a high proportion of single-vehicle loss-of-control crashes. Tailored content was developed based on exemplary Australian and international curricula, behaviour change theory, and adult learning principles; including transitioning from training to coaching and from testing to competency-based assessment. The result is Victoria’s new Motorcycle Graduated Licensing System (M-GLS) education and assessment curriculum, comprising three stages: pre-learner (Motorcycle Permit Assessment), learner (Check Ride), and pre-licence (Motorcycle Licence Assessment). Subject to potential refinements and on-going evaluation, this work lays the foundation for establishing a best-practice approach to novice motorcyclist education for licensure. View Full-Text
Keywords: motorcycle; powered-two-wheeler; graduated licensing; education; training; coaching; testing; competency-based assessment; crashes motorcycle; powered-two-wheeler; graduated licensing; education; training; coaching; testing; competency-based assessment; crashes
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Senserrick, T.; McRae, D.; P, P.W.; Rome, L.; Rees, P.; Williamson, A. Enhancing Higher-Order Skills Education and Assessment in a Graduated Motorcycle Licensing System. Safety 2017, 3, 14.

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