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Beliefs about public transport

Learning areas:
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

In small groups, have students develop and conduct a survey about public transport use.

The survey should investigate attitudes to using public transport, as well as travel-related behaviours and their consequences. Possible elements to include in the survey are:

  • How often people use public transport (e.g. almost daily, weekly, monthly, less often, never)
  • Beliefs about public transport
  • Convenience of public transport
  • Behaviours on public transport (illegal and antisocial)
  • Differences in beliefs about safety and behaviour between travelling alone and in groups
  • Responses to rules and laws relating to public transport (see www.ptv.vic.gov.au for information on rules and laws).

Students should survey at least 10 people older than themselves, including parents/carers.

Groups should report back the findings of their survey to the class.

Discussion questions

  • What did your survey tell you about people’s   perception of public transport?
  • Do you think these perceptions are justified?
  • Was there a difference in perceptions between   people who use public transport often compared to those that don’t? What was   the difference?
  • What do you think would improve people’s perceptions of public transport?

Victorian curriculum

Health and Pe

Level 5 & 6

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP108)

Investigate community resources and strategies to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP107)


Level 5

Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (VCMSP205)

Level 6

Pose and refine questions to collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (VCMSP237)