Embedded intervention programs can make a difference to CIM
Source TitleMapping learning environment evaluation across the design and education landscape: towards the evidence -based design of educational facilities
Mapping learning environment evaluation across the design and education landscape: towards the evidence -based design of educational facilities
PublisherLEaRN - University of Melbourne
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeConference Proceeding
CitationsLove, P. (2015). Embedded intervention programs can make a difference to CIM. LEaRN - University of Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia.
Access StatusOpen Access
Australian and International research has documented the decline in community involvement and connectedness over recent decades. Associated with this decline is the decline in children’s independence, particularly in the extent to which children are allowed to explore the external environment. Children’s Independent Mobility (CIM) is a measure of the level of a child’s freedom to explore and move about his or her local neighbourhood without direct adult supervision. This paper presents the results of a study of the effectiveness of 3 intervention programs to change travel behaviours of children to and from school in 26 Catholic primary schools, in a range of urban and regional settings in Victoria. Using pre and post intervention surveys with 1600 students, and their parents, and interviews with principals of the schools, it investigated how social capital impacted the effectiveness of these travel behaviour programs. The key finding was that the degree of social connectedness of the school and the individual, did impact on the effectiveness of the intervention programs. The interventions themselves were not effective in influencing change in travel behaviours without being embedded in a supportive school culture. These understandings can create pathways that deliver genuine opportunities for schools to be more outward-facing, and for communities to regain a measure of social connectedness.
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