Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Wayfinding in a complex indoor environment: Correlation of wayfinding experience, survey knowledge, and route knowledge
by Manganelli, Joseph Charles, M.S., Clemson University, 2016, 113; 10119325
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis documents a correlational study of wayfinding experience and survey and route knowledge in a large, complex building. Twelve patient transport personnel who work in a very large, regional hospital facility participated as wayfinding subject matter experts. This correlational study addresses three primary research questions. Do more experienced patient transport personnel have more accurate survey knowledge of a large, complex building than less experienced patient transport personnel? Do more experienced patient transport personnel have more accurate route knowledge of a large, complex building than less experienced patient transport personnel? Do more experienced patient transport personnel choose more efficient routes in a large, complex building than less experienced patient transport personnel? The study measures survey knowledge using a pointing task and a mapping task. The study measures route knowledge and route efficiency using a route diagramming task. Linear and nonlinear regression analyses are used to analyze the data. The results of this study may contribute to a deeper understanding of the relationship between wayfinding experience and survey and route knowledge, as well as offer insights into how to better design wayfinding training materials and methods and building signage.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gugerty, Lee
Commitee: Brooks, Johnell O., Rosopa, Patrick, Stephens, Benjamin
School: Clemson University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Healthcare, Human factors, Patient transport, Route knowledge, Survey knowledge, Wayfinding
Publication Number: 10119325
ISBN: 978-1-339-80559-7
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