School Design Ergonomics

The Classroom Environment Contributes                                           Greatly to Learning

School ergonomics is helpful for school interior designers.  It is good to know how a student will most likely succeed when they are in a learning environment.  Indeed, in the last few years, according to an article published in 2008 in the UK’s ‘The Guardian,’ “Schools are being encouraged to take ergonomics seriously, to improve pupils’ posture and their concentration.”  This means that those who are involved in ergonomics at school should look at all types of classroom furniture.  This includes:  school chairs, school desks, any folding tables that are used, folding chairs, computer tables, classroom tables and classroom chairs.

Indeed, in the UK a campaign was launched on this very topic.  Entitled ‘The Safe Seats of Learning,’ it sought to put an end to the “one-size-fits-all” approach to school furnishings.  Research found that given that there are an increasing number of students using computers, it has been found that “inadequate workstations can have serious implications for pupils’ musculoskeletal health.”  Thus, for those involved in the ergonomics of school design, it is important to bear this in mind.