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ERIC Number: ED497673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Beware of the Sitting Trap in Learning and Schooling
Breithecker, Dieter
DesignShare (NJ1)
The author urges the reader to consider the vital role that ergonomic furniture design can have on the lives of our children in schools. He writes that Western civilizations include teaching how to sit still in their schools' "hidden curriculum." Most teachers seem to associate learning with quiet, disciplined sitting. "They are making concentration and cognitive attention dependent on physical inertness"-- The students' need for physical relaxation, signalized by fidgeting etc, is suppressed. "Movement is not desirable because it disturbs the class" -- Many adults still think the "ideal" student sits in class receptively, attentively and motorically passive. The article examines the positive effects of active-dynamic sitting on neurophysiologic parameters and argues that static-passive sitting has a long-term negative effect on a student's ability to concentrate. An "ergo-dynamic solution" is an important component of an "active" school. (Contains 1 figure, and 3 photos.) [This article is sponsored by VS America, Inc.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Design Share, Minneapolis, MN.