409a-g22-report2 Spring 2005 Dr. Leon James, Instructor. University of Hawaii.

Instructions for Report 2

Due Date: April 11

Step 1:

In your word processor create a file. Save the file under the name


Be sure to use the exact same file name, lower case letters, with the hyphens and no spaces. You will be using this file to enter all the sections as you progressively write them.

Step 2:

Read all the questions first. There are five questions you must answer from the set given below. The entire question should always be pasted at the beginning of your answer and marked "The Question I am answering is Question xx"

Step 3:

Add a Section called "My Report on the Current Generation." Select 3 oral presentations from any of the classes you attended. Identify the speaker and the date. Use your class notes to summarize the content of each presentation, including the speaker’s view and opinion. Discuss how this content overlaps, agrees, or disagrees with the content of your answers to the questions.

Step 4:

After answering the five questions, add a Section called Advice to Future Generations. Tell them what they should know to succeed in this course and what they can expect to get out of it.

Step 5 (three parts):

(a) At the top of your document type the following centered Title:

Report 2:
My Understanding of Driving Psychology
By your name
Instructions for this report are at:
I am answering Questions xx, xx, xx, xx and xx.

(b) Fill in the xx as appropriate.

(c) Put these two required links at the bottom of the file:

Class Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy22/classhome-g22.htm   

My Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leon/40as2005/yourfoldername/409a-g22-home.htm
 (note: replace /yourfoldername/ with the actual name of the folder, which should be your last name).

(d) Spell check your document. Give the Save As...command and select Web Page (or HTML). Save the file under the name   409a-g22-report2.htm   (use this exact name, with hyphens, and no spaces, lower case letters)

Upload this file. Do not upload the Word file in .doc format. You must upload the .htm version by saving it as a Web Page. Sometimes you need to upload a folder along with the file -- see FTP Uploading Instructions at:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy22/g22-ftp.htm  . After uploading the file view it with your Web browser by going to your folder on the Web. Check it for mistakes and to see if it looks as you want it to look.

Make the changes in your word processor and upload the new version. It will replace the old version. Check it again and repeat until it's just right.


Your Report 2 is now complete and published on the Web. Congratulations! You have proven you can gain technical competence in Web publishing and report writing. Now your valuable report will be used by future generations, by students from other places surfing the Web, by researchers interested in data or theory on driving psychology, and by the general public looking for information on this topic.

You will be publishing two reports on the Web this semester as part of your contribution to the generational curriculum on driving psychology (report 2) and on information literacy (report 1).  Thousands of people who navigate the Web find these generational student reports through Web search engines when they are looking for topics on driving or information literacy. Your contribution will contribute first, to yourself for improving your driving personality and your information literacy skills; second, for future students who will be reading your reports, and third, for the public at large. Your research, observations, and conclusions will be beneficial to others who will read your reports in the ensuing years. Long after you're no longer a student, your generational reports will still be serving the public and science.

Note on Privacy: Students can use a pseudonym or pen name on their reports instead of their real name. Students who publish their reports on the Web can delete their reports after being graded. They can also request to have their reports deleted from the Web after the semester at any time in the future by emailing Dr. James. Usually the request is honored on the same day it is received. Students can also submit their reports in typing, privately to the instructor instead of publishing them on the Web. This will not affect their grade.

Here are the Questions

You must select your Questions as follows:

  • Questions  1, 4, and 7 (all three)
  • Either Question 2, 5, 8, or 10  (one of them)
  • Either Question 3, 6, or 9 (one of them)
  • That makes 5 questions in all. Each answer should be at least three pages long.

    No paragraph can exceed 7 lines. There must be a blank space after each paragraph.

    Each question and question number must be pasted at the beginning of your answer.

    Be sure that your answers show the subdivisions for each question (a), (b), etc.

    If you answer more than five questions for bonus points (optional), mark each extra question with the sub-title "For Extra points -- Question Number xx"). The maximum total bonus points is 4.

    Question 1:

    (a) Consider Tables 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the Lecture Notes, in the Section on Driving Psychology Theory and Charts at  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy22/409a-g22-lecture-notes.htm#Charts  Consult the article from which the Tables were taken. (b) Using your own words, describe the three behavioral domains and levels of a driver (nine cells). (c) Illustrate each domain with your own driving behavior skills and errors, or that of another driver you know well, or a driver in a particular movie. (d) Make up a "driving personality makeover" plan for yourself (or another driver you know well), relating specifically to negative thoughts you have about other road users. (e) Discuss the problems you anticipate in carrying out such a plan successfully. (f) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 2:

    (a) Give a brief review of our two textbooks: Road Rage and Aggressive Driving (James and Nahl), and Driving Lessons: Exploring Systems That Make Traffic Safer (Peter Rothe, Editor). The reviews should be between 3 and 6 paragraphs for each text. (b) Select one Chapter from each text and give a summary of it. (c) Discuss in what way will these ideas contribute to solving society's driving problems. (d) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 3: 

    (a) Discuss these two Web sites: drivers.com vs. drdriving.org by first describing their overall appearance and purpose. (b) What are their main differences? Be sure to consider at least these areas: (i) articles (ii) newsletters (iii) style (iv) probable audience (v) public relations or policy (vi) advertising (vii) size (vii) ranking (viii) Other sites that link to each. (c) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 4:

    (a) Select six student reports on driving psychology from Generation 20 , as listed in the Readings Section of the Lecture Notes. www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy22/409a-g22-lecture-notes.htm#g20-reports  You must select any two students from Report 1, two different students  from Report 2, and two still different students from Report 3. So there will be a total of six different students, two students for each report. (b) Summarize each of the six reports. Be sure you put a link to the report you are referring to. (c) Add a General Conclusion Section in which you discuss your reactions to what they did – (i) their ideas, (ii) their method, (iii) their explanations. (d) What did they gain from doing their reports? (e) How do their ideas influence what you yourself think about these issues? (e) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 5:

    (a) Consider Table 5 in the Lecture Notes, in the Section on Driving Psychology Theory and Charts at  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy21/409a-g21-lecture-notes.htm#Charts  (b) Consult the article from which the Table was taken. (c) Copy and paste the table into your file. Now delete the examples in each cell and replace them with your own examples that you make up. (d) Discuss why driving is such a big problem in all societies and why no effective solutions have yet been found for them. (e) Discuss the solutions offered by Dr. Leon James (www.DrDriving.org). What likelihood is there that his approach will be adopted? Explain. (f) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 6:

    (a) Analyze the Student Newsgroups Reports at www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/499s2003/newsgroups to characterize the threefold self of the drivers that wrote the messages. Find 6 brief quotes from the messages they posted (no more than one per student report), and analyze each one, showing the character of their threefold self. Be sure you put a link to the report you are quoting from. (b) Discuss the message writer's philosophy or psychology of driving. Comment in the light of what you know from Driving psychology in this course using the ideas and perspective from our two textbooks. Be sure to have a sub-heading "My Comments" whenever you make comments. Be sure to separate and indent the text you are quoting from others, and what they are quoting,  so it's easy to see visually by the formatting (this is very important). (c) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 7:

    (a) Our textbook Road Rage and Aggressive Driving has exercises in several chapters. Do the following four exercises: (i) Exercise on scenario analysis on p. 129; (ii) Exercise on self-assessment on p.134; (iii) Exercise on identifying assumptions on p. 131; and (iv) Exercise on negative vs. positive driving on p. 122. (b) What were your reactions to the exercises? (c) Discuss how these exercises help you to become more aware of yourself as a driver. (d) Do some of the exercises with another driver you know. How do they help you understand some principles of driving psychology mentioned in the book? (e) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 8:

    (a) Search the Web and the University of Hawaii Library Electronic Resources of full text journals to find out what is known about risk and driving. (b) Do drivers have a preferred or usual level of risk? (c) Why do drivers take more risks when better safety features are added to the automobile? (d) What is known about personality factors and taking risks while driving? (e) How is the topic of risk integrated in accident analysis, legislation, and driver education? Be sure to cite all your sources with full reference. (f) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 9:

    (a) Find 10 road rage newspaper stories on the Web that give enough detail that you can reconstruct enough of the interactions to do a scenario analysis of events. The Road Rage and Aggressive Driving book gives some examples (see the Index under "Scenario analysis:. There is also an example in the Lecture Notes in the Section on Charts at Table 6 -- see www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy21/409a-g22-lecture-notes.htm#Charts (b) Try to reconstruct the interactions of each story by making a list or table of the steps, as illustrated in our textbook. Apply driving psychology principles to explain what's going on and whether this is a necessary or avoidable outcome. (c) Any other comments you wish to make.

    Question 10:

    (a) Explain the "supportive driving" orientation in relation to the driver's threefold self (b) Describe any resistance you experience regarding this orientation, including (i) the idea that how you drive is a moral issue of human rights (ii) the idea of lifelong driver education and the idea of mandatory participation in QDC support groups (c) Describe the reactions of friends when you tell them about driving personality makeovers (d) Anything else you have to say.

    Back to G22 Class Home Page:

    DrDriving: www.drdriving.org