Research Scholarship in Safe Driving Practices

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Research Scholarship in Safe Driving Practices


Applications are invited for this opportunity to be received in the Office of Research by 4pm Monday, 29 February

Establishing safe driving practice: Improving young learner driver training. Australian young drivers aged 17-25 years comprise 13% of the population but 22% of road deaths. This Project aims to develop a best-practice model to enable professional instructors to teach essential higher-order skills (e.g. hazard perception) to young Learner drivers to establish safe driving behaviours, which are anticipated to reduce the young driver’s crash risk when they can drive unsupervised.

This PhD is part of a larger body of research supported by the Australian Research Council and by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Aims: The overarching objective of this innovative research is to reduce fatalities and injuries arising from young driver crashes, with the following specific aims:

1. To investigate the teaching techniques of professional driving instructors during the learner driver phase, with a focus on the nature, extent, variability, and opportunities (total, untaken, missed) for higher-order instruction;

2. To develop a best-practice higher-order instruction intervention for professional driving instructors; and

3. To assess the impact of the higher-order instruction intervention in a longitudinal evaluation assessing (a) the adoption and integration of the higher-order intervention guidelines into professional driving instruction; and (b) the impact on gold standard objective outcomes (including crashes, traffic offences, kinematic risky driving behaviour, hazard perception, self-report higher-order attitudes and behaviours)

(This scholarship project will focus on Aims 1 and 2 only)

For further information on the project, contact USC Research Fellow Dr Bridie Scott-Parker

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • hold a Bachelor degree with First Class honours in Psychology and other research experience in Psychology
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for
  • not be receiving an equivalent scholarship, or salary providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the APA stipend rate to undertake the HDR
  • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree by research candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications; and
  • Most recent or relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Number available:
Stipend commensurate with the APA rate, Tuition Fees and Overseas Health Cover for the standard duration of the program.
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