Views from a school bus window : stories of the children who ride

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Robbins, Lorraine
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004
Everyday, hundreds of students in rural areas of Alberta and other parts of Canada start their day by boarding a big yellow school bus, the vehicle that transports them to and from school. For them, their school day begins and ends with a bus ride. For many, the ride is lengthy. This study presents qualitative research that forms a profile of what concerns students about their bus rides. 62 children from ages 5 to 18 were interviewed to determine what they thought about riding the school bus and what social, psychological and intellectual implications exist for these children. Seven major themes emerged through the interviews: boredom, safety, relationships, community bonding, student behaviour and attitudes, medical concerns, and student responsibilities. Writing their stories, and stories from my memories of riding the bus, is part of the action research involved in this project; a textual reflection on lived experiences. Most of the stories related to at least one theme, and many stories included several of the themes. Recommendations for ways of improving bus rides include collaboration between all educational partners, placing another adult on each bus, and better and varied training for drivers enabling them to be more skilled in relating to the children.
vii, 123 leaves ; 29 cm. --
School children -- Transportation -- Alberta -- Attitudes , School children -- Transportation -- Alberta -- Social aspects , School children -- Transportation -- Alberta -- Psychological aspects , School buses -- Alberta -- Social aspects , School buses -- Alberta -- Psychological aspects