Applying different equations to evaluate the level of mismatch between students and school furniture

Applied Ergonomics
H I CastellucciJ F M Molenbroek

Abstract

The mismatch between students and school furniture is likely to result in a number of negative effects, such as uncomfortable body posture, pain, and ultimately, it may also affect the learning process. This study's main aim is to review the literature describing the criteria equations for defining the mismatch between students and school furniture, to apply these equations to a specific sample and, based on the results, to propose a methodology to evaluate school furniture suitability. The literature review comprises one publications database, which was used to identify the studies carried out in the field of the abovementioned mismatch. The sample used for testing the different equations was composed of 2261 volunteer subjects from 14 schools. Fifteen studies were found to meet the criteria of this review and 21 equations to test 6 furniture dimensions were identified. Regarding seat height, there are considerable differences between the two most frequently used equations. Although seat to desk clearance was evaluated by knee height, this condition seems to be based on the false assumption that students are sitting on a chair with a proper seat height. Finally, the proposed methodology for suitability evaluation of school fur...Continue Reading

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Jan 10, 2019·International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics : JOSE·Sara BragançaMiguel Carvalho
Dec 24, 2019·Work : a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation·Ademola James AdeyemiMuyideen Abdulkadir
Feb 3, 2016·Work : a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation·H I CastellucciJ F M Molenbroek
May 31, 2018·Work : a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation·G BravoH I Castellucci
Jan 12, 2021·Work : a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation·H I CastellucciG Bravo

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