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Boston, 1833...debating the design of school furniture:

"it is the duty of parents and those who act for them to take care that the school-room shall be placed where the children may aquire the use of their intellectual faculties without having their physical organization disturbed or their vital powers debilitated by a constrained position"

from Zacharkow, D. Sitting, standing, chair design and exercise, 1988, page 122

Objectives

The objectives of the ECEE Committee are to prevent or reduce the possible risks of developing musculoskeletal and vision disorders and to promote the beneficial effects of educational computing and environments through:
  • Network
    Serving as a network for the interchange between researchers, practitioners, school administrators, teachers, parents, health professionals, architects, designers, and manufacturers of furnishings, educational supplies, software and equipment;

  • Ongoing projects
    Fostering professional initiatives for the International Ergonomics Association to promote ergonomics in schools throughout the world;

  • Efforts by ECEE to advocate ergonomics for children
    Advocating ergonomics education for children, parents, teachers, librarians and health professionals;

  • Develop material about ergonomics for educators
    Developing materials for educational institutions as well as parents, teachers, librarians, and health professionals about ergonomics specifically adapted to children's postural and visual needs;

  • Promoting ergonomics education
    Promoting ergonomics education for teachers and students in education information technology and design technology projects;

  • Research efforts
    Compiling, presenting, and making readily accessible, research related to ergonomics for children and educational environments; Identifying further research needs and encouraging international research collaboration;

  • Data on musculoskeletal and visual complaints in students
    Encouraging collection and exchange of health and comfort data on incidence or prevalence of computer-related musculoskeletal and vision complaints among children;

  • Retrofit, design, redesign the students computer environment
    Advancing ergonomics as a major consideration in the design phase of learning environments; Defining strategies to inexpensively retrofit or redesign existing furniture used in computer environments at home, and in schools, libraries, children's museums and other educational environments;

  • Proposed design guidelines
    Promoting the development of ergonomic design guidelines (or codes of practice) for software, hardware, furniture, classrooms, computer rooms, school libraries and other educational environments.

    Advocating that a portion of major funding for information technology should be earmarked for ergonomics;

   
   
 
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