Travel Instruction Research
Call for Papers
Thursday October 8, 2020
In advance of the CEATI conference, which begins on October 9, 2020, CEATI will also host a free one-day symposium featuring current research efforts in the field. The event will be held at the conference site; The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Interested participants are to submit a synopsis of what they propose to present by January 8, 2020. Acceptance of the synopsis will be confirmed by February 5, 2020. The final results are to be submitted by August 15, 2020.
Although Travel Instruction has been taking place since the 1960’s there is a dearth of research materials available for practitioners to reference. It is hoped that this effort will serve as a catalyst for persons involved in Travel Instruction to consider components of their practice that can be relevant for the further development of the field.
Topics can include, but are not limited to, such areas as:
Operational cost savings to the transit agency for providing Travel Instruction; annually or for a specific time period in excess of a year.
Longitudinal study of persons having been trained and the amount of months/years that they continue to travel.
Methodology for determining when a person is successfully/unsuccessful in learning to travel independently.
The work submitted should be original and follow the applicable guidelines for citation of materials referenced. Case studies may be considered but on a limited basis.
Listed below are some components of a research endeavor:
Qualities of Good Research
- Good Research is Systematic: It means that research is structured with specific steps to be taken in a specified sequence in accordance with the well-defined set of rules. Systematic characteristics of the research does not rule out creative thinking but it certainly does reject the use of guessing and intuition arriving at a conclusion.
- Good Research is Logical: This implies that research is guided by the rules of logical reasoning and the logical process of induction and deduction are of great value in carrying out research. Induction is the process of reasoning from a part to the whole whereas deduction is the process of reasoning from a premise. In fact, logical reasoning makes research more meaningful in the content of decision making.
- Good Research is Empirical: It implies that research is related basically to one or more aspects of a real situation and deals with concrete data that provides a basis for external validity to research results.
- Good Research is Replicable: This characteristic allows to be verified by replicating the study and thereby building a sound basis for decisions.
Criteria Qualities of Good Scientific Research.
Related material: Georgetown University Library: 15 Steps to Good Research.