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Title: The development of guidelines for the design and evaluation of warning signs for young children
Authors: Waterson, Patrick
Monk, Alice
Keywords: Warnings
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society
Citation: WATERSON, P. and MONK, A., 2013. The development of guidelines for the design and evaluation of warning signs for young children. Applied Ergonomics, Available online 28 April 2013, in press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.015
Abstract: We report a study which aimed to provide further development and refinement of a set of guidelines (Waterson et al., 2012) for the design and evaluation of warning signs and other visual material for young children (i.e., aged 5–11 years). The study involved a set of semi-structured interviews and focus groups with the parents of young children, teachers, human factors experts and other groups (n = 38). The findings from the study provided broad support for the guidelines, as well as highlighting a number of issues which need to be addressed. These included the need to consider the target audience in more detail and provide additional guidance covering possible tie-ins with safety campaigns, sign location, age differences, gender and children's special needs. Similar findings were obtained with regard to the evaluation guidelines and their coverage of methods and activities for testing signs (e.g., simulation, role playing). We discuss our findings within the context of a revised set of guidelines and a set of suggestions aimed at working towards a more comprehensive approach to the design/evaluation of signs for young children. The paper concludes with a set of future topics for research including a discussion of ways forward in terms of improving support for design and evaluation including behavioural testing with children, their parents and other care givers.
Description: Closed access. This article was published in the journal, Applied Ergonomics [© Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.015
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.015
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13386
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.015
ISSN: 0003-6870
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