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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Crews, James O
Author's Email Address jacrews@vt.edu
URN etd-101797-152222
Title Virginia School Bus Driver Training: Does Training Program Adequacy Affect school Bus Accident Rates?
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Administration
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Salmon, Richard G. Committee Chair
Carlton, Patrick W. Committee Member
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Member
Goodman, Barbara V. Committee Member
Morgan, Samuel D. Committee Member
  • none provided
Date of Defense 1997-08-01
Availability unrestricted
Analysis of data provided by the Virginia Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation,

and Education all show school buses as having a significantly higher number of accidents per

hundred million miles of travel than other forms of transportation. Such statistics are alarming

and formal study of school bus accident factors has been limited. The purposes of this study

were to (a) establish the adequacy of the school bus driver training programs of Local

Education Agencies(LEAs) of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and (b) assess the results of

various training programs on the reduction of school bus accidents.

Descriptive data were gathered using two surveys. The driver survey included items

regarding driver training and accident history. In addition, the survey included driver history,

driver demographics, and inquiries into the adequacy of training preparation for the Commercial

Drivers License(CDL). The transportation directors survey included items regarding training

topics, training methods, program description, and employer expectations. Other topics

included were the impact of the CDL, and government mandated training programs. Data

analysis was conducted by developing cross-tabulation matrices, chi square tests of significance,

correlation coefficients, paired t-tests, and multifactor analysis of variance (ANOVA).

Conclusions formulated from this study include: (a) training programs in many LEAs do

not meet national standards for adequacy; (b) there is no direct relationship between the number

of school bus accidents and the adequacy of the training program; (c) there are few LEAs that

analyze accident statistics to make modifications to training programs; and (d) most LEAs use

the Virginia School Bus Driver Curriculum Guide as their major training resource. Findings such

as these provided beneficial data to the Virginia Department of Education, LEA officials, and

directors of transportation on training modification and effectiveness, as well as accident


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