ERIC Number: ED213026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Evaluation of a Public Document: The Case of FCC's Marine Radio Rules for Recreational Boaters. Document Design Project, Technical Report No. 11.
Felker, Daniel B.; Rose, Andrew M.
In a collaborative effort, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Document Design Project conducted an evaluation of marine radio rules for recreational boaters that had been rewritten in plain English by FCC personnel. The revised rules were evaluated by 53 experienced boaters and 52 inexperienced boaters, who were given either the old rules or the new ones and then tested for their comprehension of the rules. Each question on the test required the subject to find the appropriate rule and apply its provisions. The subjects also noted the time it took them to complete each question and rated the overall difficulty they had in using the rules. Results showed that subjects using the revised rules were significantly better at identifying the proper rules, took less time to answer questions about the rules, and rated them as easier to use than did subjects using the old rules. (A copy of the comprehension test is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Teaching and Learning Program.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.; Siegel & Gale, Inc., New York, NY.; Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA.