Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Administration

First Advisor

Donahoo, Saran

Second Advisor

Vineyard, George

Third Advisor

McDaniel, Justin


It is unknown if basic motorcycle training prevents crashes, injuries, or deaths on public roadways. This research analyzes the participants of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse updated to understand risk-taking tendencies, personal protective equipment usage, and favorability of the Basic RiderCourse. Data gathered from 168 Basic RiderCourse updated participants in Central Illinois from a pre-test post-test quantitative design using a gain score analysis comprise the methodology. The resulting analysis determined the Basic RiderCourse updated created a positive learning environment and student were more likely to wear personal protective equipment after participating in the course, but the risk-taking behavior and decision making did not change. To further reduce injuries and deaths on public roadways, this research suggests a comprehensive program review of the Basic RiderCourse updated.




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