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School furniture match to students' anthropometry in the Gaza Strip.
Ergonomics. 2010 Mar; 53(3):344-54.E

Abstract

This study aimed at comparing primary school students' anthropometry to the dimensions of school furniture and determining whether the furniture used matches the students' anthropometry. A sample of 600 male students, whose ages were between 6 and 11 years, from five primary schools in the Gaza Strip governorates participated in the study. Several students' body dimensions were measured. The dimensions measured included elbow-seat height, shoulder height, knee height, popliteal height and buttock-popliteal length. Measurements of the dimensions of the classroom furniture indicated that there was a considerable mismatch between the students' body dimensions and the classroom furniture. The mismatches in seat height, seat depth and desk height occurred for 99% of the students, while the mismatch for the back rest height was only 35%. Two design specifications were proposed in order to decrease the mismatch percentage based on the data obtained. The two proposed designs showed a considerable improvement in the match percentages as compared to the existing design. STATEMENT OF RELEVANCE: Having identified mismatches between the dimensions of the school furniture used in primary schools in the Gaza Strip, two new design specifications are proposed and shown to improve match with the students' anthropometric dimensions. The findings of the study are also an important addition to local knowledge on school children's anthropometry.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Industrial Engineering, Islamic University-Gaza, Gaza Strip. aghasr@yahoo.com

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20191409

Citation

Agha, Salah R.. "School Furniture Match to Students' Anthropometry in the Gaza Strip." Ergonomics, vol. 53, no. 3, 2010, pp. 344-54.
Agha SR. School furniture match to students' anthropometry in the Gaza Strip. Ergonomics. 2010;53(3):344-54.
Agha, S. R. (2010). School furniture match to students' anthropometry in the Gaza Strip. Ergonomics, 53(3), 344-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140130903398366
Agha SR. School Furniture Match to Students' Anthropometry in the Gaza Strip. Ergonomics. 2010;53(3):344-54. PubMed PMID: 20191409.
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TY - JOUR T1 - School furniture match to students' anthropometry in the Gaza Strip. A1 - Agha,Salah R, PY - 2010/3/2/entrez PY - 2010/3/2/pubmed PY - 2010/5/28/medline SP - 344 EP - 54 JF - Ergonomics JO - Ergonomics VL - 53 IS - 3 N2 - This study aimed at comparing primary school students' anthropometry to the dimensions of school furniture and determining whether the furniture used matches the students' anthropometry. A sample of 600 male students, whose ages were between 6 and 11 years, from five primary schools in the Gaza Strip governorates participated in the study. Several students' body dimensions were measured. The dimensions measured included elbow-seat height, shoulder height, knee height, popliteal height and buttock-popliteal length. Measurements of the dimensions of the classroom furniture indicated that there was a considerable mismatch between the students' body dimensions and the classroom furniture. The mismatches in seat height, seat depth and desk height occurred for 99% of the students, while the mismatch for the back rest height was only 35%. Two design specifications were proposed in order to decrease the mismatch percentage based on the data obtained. The two proposed designs showed a considerable improvement in the match percentages as compared to the existing design. STATEMENT OF RELEVANCE: Having identified mismatches between the dimensions of the school furniture used in primary schools in the Gaza Strip, two new design specifications are proposed and shown to improve match with the students' anthropometric dimensions. The findings of the study are also an important addition to local knowledge on school children's anthropometry. SN - 1366-5847 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20191409/School_furniture_match_to_students'_anthropometry_in_the_Gaza_Strip_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00140130903398366 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -