ERIC Number: EJ935422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-1
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Erickson, Paul W.
American School & University, v83 n7 p34-37 Mar 2011
Children are doing less physical activity and sitting more than they did 20 years ago; exploring physical abilities used to be the norm. But societal changes have modified people's living conditions--children take part in "adult-initiated" activities; they sit statically, influenced by technology gaming/information; and over-cautious parents often limit a child's exploratory play. Research shows that suppressed intellectual/physical activity can cause developmental problems, such as lack of coordination, obesity, poor posture, emotional-social delays, depression and attention deficit disorders. Running, balancing, jumping and swinging are natural movements that help develop behavioral abilities. Mind, body and soul must be engaged for successful learning. Children need dynamic activity for full development. Having to sit "still" or "up-straight" undermines a child's desire to move. Rigid or fixed furniture limits the physical/sensory experiences needed for development. Static sitting stresses the body and leads to tired, inattentive and unproductive behavior. Traditional chair-desk combinations often are unsuitable for a child's body height and ignorant of orthopedic guidelines. This article discusses a new approach to furniture design that is changing the status quo.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Child Development, Furniture, Physical Environment, Technology Integration, Purchasing
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