A strengths-based approach to road safety education

A strengths-based approach acknowledges that most students come to the learning area feeling positive about their health. It also recognises that all children and young people have particular strengths and interests that can be nurtured to improve their own and others' health and wellbeing.

Learning experiences have frequently adopted a risk-based model focusing on when and how young people experience risky health behaviours and exploring reasons and approaches to change these behaviours.

By shifting the balance to a strengths-based approach, asking questions such as 'What keeps people healthy?', the learning experiences will prioritise individual, community and organisational assets, inviting students to build on and share their own and others' resources and competencies to enhance the sustainability, equity and participation goals of health promotion. Source: ACARA, August 2012

Quality road safety education teaching and learning empowers children and young people with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be safe road users, and avoids activities that have little impact on this.

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