This project evaluated a multimedia student behavior management program for school bus
drivers and school administrators.
We developed a comprehensive multimedia training program for transportation departments.
In the Driver's Seat: A Roadmap to Managing Student Behavior on the Bus guides
transportation departments in creating and maintaining a safe, responsible, and positive
environment on the bus through drivers' use of effective student behavior management
techniques. The program teaches skills for the bus context based on the principles of
positive behavior supports and the foundational work of Sprick and colleagues (Sprick, 1990;
Sprick, Garrison, & Howard, 2002; Sprick, Sprick, & Garrison, 1992). In the Driver's Seat
was designed as a stand-alone DVD-based training program for school bus drivers of
elementary schools, using video examples presenting real driver and student interactions on
the bus. A computer-based program for transportation supervisors supplemented the driver
training materials and included information for supervisors about developing and maintaining
department-wide transportation policies, as well as an overview of the bus driver training
materials and instructions for their use.
The components of the In the Driver's Seat bus driver training program could be implemented
by a transportation team without the need of an expert and could be used to train new
personnel or review and refresh veteran personnel's skills. The DVD-based component was
designed for use by a transportation supervisor or driver trainer in a group setting with
drivers and augmented the material presented in the drivers' program.
- Bus drivers and administrators will be 18 or older.
- All subjects must be employed by elementary or middle schools.
- Excluded from the study will be bus drivers and administrators not in elementary
- Staff who are not bus drivers or administrators for elementary or middle schools will
also be excluded.