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TitleApplying different equations to evaluate the level of mismatch between students and school furniture
Author(s)Castellucci, H. I.
Arezes, P.
Molenbroek, J. F. M.
KeywordsAdolescent
Anthropometry
Child
Child, preschool
Female
Human engineering
Humans
Male
Young adult
Interior design and furnishings
Schools
Students
Furniture
Mismatch
School
Issue date2014
PublisherElsevier
JournalApplied ergonomics
CitationCastellucci, H. I., Arezes, P. M., & Molenbroek, J. F. M. (2014). Applying different equations to evaluate the level of mismatch between students and school furniture. Applied Ergonomics, 45(4), 1123-1132. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.01.012
Abstract(s)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 furniture should allow for a more reliable analysis of school furniture.
Typearticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/33684
DOI10.1016/j.apergo.2014.01.012
ISSN0003-6870
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessrestrictedAccess
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