Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Learning Technologies Division

First Advisor

John Preston


Note: This dissertation was written for a Ph.D. in Vocational and Career Development.


The purpose of this study was to determine if a low speed driver training methodology was as effective as a high speed driver training methodology in preparing Federal law enforcement officers to properly perform high speed driving.

Method and Procedures

This study used the facilities, equipment, supplies, and instructors of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Glynco, Georgia. A table of random numbers was used to divide an intact group of 48 students into two groups. One group was trained in driver training using the low speed driver training methodology (LS) of the National Academy for Professional Driving. The other group was trained using the high speed driver training methodology (HS) of FLETC. Both groups were trained by the same instructors. Both methodologies were 24 hours in length.

Upon completion of driver training, all students were required to negotiate a high speed driving range. Each student's elapsed driving time and the number of incidents of improper driving techniques were recorded. Descriptive statistics and the multivariate analysis statistic, Hotelling's T2, were calculated to determine whether a significant difference (p<.05) existed between the high speed driving performances of the two groups.


There was no significant difference between the performances of the low speed trained group and the high speed trained group in their ability to perform high speed driving when measured by elapsed driving time to negotiate a high speed range and the incidence of improper driving techniques.


Based on the descriptive statistics and the multivariate analysis results of this study it was concluded the LS used in this study was as effective as the HS in preparing students to perform high speed driving.


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