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Students and Faculty Perceptions of Standing and Dynamic Sitting in the University Classroom | Abstract
Journal of Ergonomics

Journal of Ergonomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2165-7556

Abstract

Students and Faculty Perceptions of Standing and Dynamic Sitting in the University Classroom

Siobhan T Smith*, Matthew J Fagan, Jordan C LeSarge and Harry Prapavessis

Background: This study investigated the quantitative and qualitative perceptions of university students and faculty with alternative workstations (standing, sit-stand, and dynamic sitting) in the classroom. Although alternative workstations have health benefits by reducing prolonged periods of sitting, questions still remain on their acceptability. Methods: University students (N=1005) and faculty (N=218) completed a mixed-method online survey assessing their perceptions of alternative workstations in the classroom. Results: A large portion of students believed standing, sit-stand, and to a lesser extent dynamic sitting options should be available for students in the university classroom. A majority of the students also stated that they would use these options if they were available in the university classroom. Conclusions: Thus, we recommend providing standing, sit-stand, and to a lesser extent dynamic sitting options in university classrooms to allow students to receive health benefits as they learn.

Published Date: 2019-12-19; Received Date: 2019-08-28

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