Ergonomics and computer use: Increasing the awareness of rural secondary school students

Janet Sawyer, Joy Penman

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Abstract

Background: While the application of ergonomics to computer use can reduce health risks and increase productivity, it has generally not been emphasised in schools. For this reason, a two-hour educational session to promote awareness of the principles of ergonomics relating to computer use was proposed.
Aims: The objectives of the research were: (1) to design an educational session to promote awareness of the principles of ergonomics relating to computer use; (2) provide guidelines for healthy computing in an effort to improve comfort and efficiency; (3) evaluate the session; and (4) explore how secondary students might be assisted in understanding the principles of ergonomics and in practising the principles in daily computer use.
Method: The educational session included discussions on disorders associated with computer use, warning signs, applying the principles of ergonomics, software, a practical session (demonstration and return demonstration), a summary, and evaluation. The Harvard One-Minute questionnaire was administered to participants at the conclusion of the session.
Results: The findings indicated the educational session succeeded in increasing students’ knowledge. The best aspects of the session were considered to be the stretching exercises and information relating to posture.
Conclusions: This study examined the experiences of students from high schools in a regional area who participated in a session designed to promote awareness of the principles of ergonomics that relate to computer use. The students revealed the personal and educational benefits of the session, the learning that transpired, and the value of participating in the session
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErgonomics Australia
Subtitle of host publicationHFESA 2011 Conference Edition
EditorsRebecca Mitchell
Place of PublicationBaulkham Hills NSW Austalia
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
Volume11
ISBN (Print)978-0-9803063-9-6, 1033-1875
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventHuman Factors and Ergonomics Conference (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia) 2011 - Northside Conference Centre, Crows Nest, Australia
Duration: 7 Nov 20119 Nov 2011
Conference number: 47th
https://www.ergonomics.org.au/documents/item/71 (Proceedings)
http://www.ergonomics.org.au/resource_library/conferenceproceedings/hfesa2011conference.html

Publication series

NameErgonomics Australia
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
Volume11
ISSN (Print)1033-1875

Conference

ConferenceHuman Factors and Ergonomics Conference (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia) 2011
Abbreviated titleHFESA 2011
CountryAustralia
CityCrows Nest
Period7/11/119/11/11
OtherAnnual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Conference 2011
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