409a-g24-report2 Spring 2006 Dr. Leon James, Instructor. University of Hawaii.

Instructions for Report 2

Due Date:  April 24

Step 1:

In your word processor create a file. Save the file under the name  xx-409a-g24-report2 but change the default for the type of file as "Web page (filtered)". Replace the xx with your last name (which will be the name of the folder where you upload all your own work). 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 as follows: The Question I am answering is Question xx

Step 3:

Add a Section called "My Report on the Previous Generation." Select two students from G22 and two from G23, and summarize what they did for their Report 2. Their class folders are at:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leon/409as2005/  and  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leon/409af2005/

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/leonpsy24/classhome-g24.htm   

My Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leon/40as2006/xx/xx-409a-g24-home.htm
 (Note: replace xx with your last name which should also be the name of your folder. Do not use upper case letters in file or folder names).

(d) Spell check your document and upload this file (the computer automatically adds .htm to your file name when you save it as a Web page). You must upload the .htm version by saving it as a Web Page. Do not upload a .doc file. Sometimes you need to upload a folder along with the file -- see FTP Uploading Instructions at:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy24/g24-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.

Thousands of people who navigate the Web find these generational student reports through Web search engines when they are looking for topics on driving psychology. Your effort 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, 3, and 5 (all three)
  • Questions 2, 4, 6, 7  (any two of them)
  • That makes 5 questions in all. Each answer should be at least three pages long (single spaced).

    No paragraph can exceed 7 lines. There must be a blank space after each paragraph (only one blank line, not 2 or 3!). Look at your Report in your Browser to make sure.

    Required to do this:

    Each question and question number must be pasted at the beginning of your answer. The entire question with all sub-parts must be pasted at the beginning of each question. Then, when you answer sub-parts, paste only the sub-part question again.  In this way readers know what you are answering at all times. Bold the questions and sub-questions so they look different than your answers. This contrast is necessary so readers are properly oriented to what you are talking about.

    Be sure that your answers show the sub-parts for each question (a), (b), etc. and also the sub-sub-divisions (i), (ii), etc. This is a requirement for every Question.

    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) 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 Chapter 8 on Supportive Driving (by James and Nahl) in the Road Rage book and Chapter 14 on Driving Skills (by Lawrance Lonero) in the Driving Lessons book. Summarize their content. Be sure to refer to the author's name(s).

    (c) Discuss in what way these ideas can help solve society's driving problems. Be specific: what are the main problems and how can particular ideas in these chapters help solve those problems.

    (d) 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

    (e) Describe the reactions of friends when you tell them about driving personality makeovers

    Question 2: 

    (a) Discuss these three Web sites: drivers.com vs. drdriving.org  vs. a third one you select that you find related to these two. What are their main differences? Be sure to consider at least the following areas listed below. In your answer, keep the sub-division as indicated below. Be sure to answer each one. In order to write a good answer you will need to consult some articles as to how to evaluate a Web site.  Goggle the words evaluating Web sites or pages and learn how to do it. Give a link to the article if you find one that's helpful.

    (1) content of articles
    (2) content and tone of newsletters, when present
    (3i) style of the site
    (4) probable audience
    (5) public relations or policy, etc.
    (6) advertising (if any)
    (7) size
    (8) ranking (see Google or Alexa)
    (9) Other sites that link to each
    (10) ...

    Question 3:

    (a) Select three student reports at www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/499s2003/newsgroups  Be sure you put a link to the report you are quoting from. Summarize what the three students were trying to do, what methods they used, and what they concluded.

    (b) Discuss your reactions to what they did their ideas, their method, and their explanations. What did they gain from doing their reports? How do their ideas influence what you yourself think about these issues?

    (c) Now go to some driving newsgroups by Googling the phrase driving newsgroups. See if you can corroborate the conclusions of the student reports which were done several years ago. Is this still going on the same way?

    Question 4:

    (a) Consider Table 5 in the Lecture Notes, in the Section on Driving Psychology Theory and Charts at  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy24/409a-g24-lecture-notes.htm#Charts  Read the article from which the Table was taken. Copy and paste the table into your file. Describe the Table in your own words: what is for, what it says, what it shows.

    (b) Copy the Table again and paste it again. But this time delete the examples in each cell and replace them with your own examples that you make up. Title this Section: My Version of the Table. Explain what your table shows and how you came up with it. Discuss your Table with friends. Summarize their reactions. Summarize your reactions to their reactions.

    (c) Discuss why driving is such a big problem in all societies and why no effective solutions have yet been found for them. Refer to our two textbooks for examples of some of the world wide problems and solutions proposed. Be sure to refer to the author and page numbers.  What likelihood is there that his approach will be adopted? Explain.

    Question 5:

    (a) Our textbook Road Rage and Aggressive Driving has checklist exercises in several chapters. Do the following four exercises:

    (i) Exercise on Aggressive Thoughts and Feelings on p. 65-66
    (ii) Exercise on Are You an Aggressive Competitor on p. 104-5
    (iii) Exercise on Positive Driving Behaviors on p. 212-3
    (iv) Exercise on Your Passive Aggressive Road Rage Tendency on p. 88-9

    (b) Discuss your reactions to each exercise? How do you explain your answers? You can give your answers in their entirety or you can make selections. What do they show about your driving personality? Where did you get this style of reacting and driving? Discuss how these exercises help you to become more aware of yourself as a driver.

    (c) 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? Discuss and illustrate with specific examples.

    Question 6:

    (a) Search the Web and the University of Hawaii Library Electronic Resources of full text journals to find out what is known about how cell phone use affects people's driving. Summarize some of this literature. Be sure you have articles from both the Web and the Library Electronic Journals Databases. Give the full reference and link for each article.

    (b) Use the theory in the Lecture Notes to explain what drivers need to learn about themselves in order to be able to handle the proper use of cell phones while driving. Is it better to train drivers to use cell phones properly or is it better to outlaw the use of any cell phones while driving? Discuss the solutions.

    Question 7:

    (a) Find 3 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 (you can use google News for this). The Road Rage and Aggressive Driving book gives some examples (see the Book 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/leonpsy24/409a-g24-lecture-notes.htm#Charts

    (b) Try to reconstruct the interactions of each News story you selected 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.

    Back to G24 Class Home Page:

    DrDriving: www.drdriving.org