2017, Cilt 4, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 013-023
There are Opinions and Expectations of the Mothers in Safe School Transportation: A Qualitative Study
Atatürk Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Erzurum, Türkiye
Keywords: Mother, nursing, school, transportation

Aim: To identify the opinions of mothers on safe school transportation.

Material and Methods: The study that was conducted with qualitative methodology, was conducted with mothers whose children were using school transport for at least one year. Innterviews were done with 13 mothers that was included in the study by snowball sampling technique and a semi-structured interview form was used. The interviews have been recorded on audio tape recorder. The content analysis was carried out after transcription of raw data. Ethical principles were followed in the study.

Results: The mothers stated that the school vehicle driver needs to have some features. The mothers have reported that the vehicle needs to be brand new and newer than five years, to have school transportation vehicle features, and to be designed special to age groups. The mothers wanted that controlled stop-start should be done and should be punctual. They stated that traffic rules must be obeyed and an hostess must be assigned. The mothers reported that children and parents should be brought together, the vehicle should exactly stop in front of the house and the stop-starts should be done in a controlled way while children was getting out of the vehicle.

Conclusion: It is required that the school vehicle driver and the vehicle should have certain features, the driver should comply with the traffic rules and take safety precautions during boarding to, traveling in and getting out of the school vehicle. Training programs conducted with the cooperation of the school transportation firms and school administration could contribute to safe school transportation.