Teaching Undergraduate Human Factors: The Need, Activities, and Benefits
In this article, we outline the need for and role of undergraduate human factors education, describe several activities for teaching human factors, and identify the benefits associated with offering the course. The results of a survey of psychology undergraduates (N = 111) revealed that they were unfamiliar with, yet interested in, human factors issues. A human factors course can inform students about the profession, meet their interests, and provide a variety of useful skills. We present 6 successful hands-on activities for teaching about human factors. Students reported that they enjoyed these activities and gained a greater understanding of the principles. Students also noted that the course increased their knowledge about the profession and provided new perspectives for examining systems and applying the principles.
Stone, N. J., & Moroney, W. F. (1998). Teaching Undergraduate Human Factors: The Need, Activities, and Benefits. Teaching of Psychology, 25(3), pp. 185-189.
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