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Questioning, exploring, narrating and playing in the control room to maintain system safety

Smith, P; Blandford, A; Back, J; (2009) Questioning, exploring, narrating and playing in the control room to maintain system safety. Cognition, Technology & Work , 11 (4) 279 -291. 10.1007/s10111-008-0116-1. Green open access

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Abstract

Systems whose design is primarily aimed at ensuring efficient, effective and safe working, such as control rooms, have traditionally been evaluated in terms of criteria that correspond directly to those values: functional correctness, time to complete tasks, etc. This paper reports on a study of control room working that identified other factors that contributed directly to overall system safety. These factors included the ability of staff to manage uncertainty, to learn in an exploratory way, to reflect on their actions, and to engage in problem-solving that has many of the hallmarks of playing puzzles which, in turn, supports exploratory learning. These factors, while currently difficult to measure or explicitly design for, must be recognized and valued in design.

Type:Article
Title:Questioning, exploring, narrating and playing in the control room to maintain system safety
Event:Cognition, Technology and Work
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1007/s10111-008-0116-1
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10111-008-0116-1
Language:English
Additional information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Keywords:Human error, Reflection on action, Safety, Problem-solving, Control rooms
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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