Attention, thinking, and learning ability of students increase with standing position.
International Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Researchers worked with about 300 children in second through fourth grade. They found that giving students standing desks can help them in paying more attention in class as compared to seated students. Researchers determined the engagement level by on-task behaviors such as participating in active discussion, raising a hand to answer something, and off-task activities such as talking out of turn. Research shows that there is 12% increase in task engagement in classrooms with standing desks.
In the study, standing desks were those kinds of desks giving students an ability to sit or stand on choice. Present study also supported the concept that physical activity, even at reduced levels, can help in increasing cognitive ability.
Previous studies showed that desks can also help in reducing obesity, i.e. students at standing desks burn 15% more calories as compared to students at traditional desks.
“Standing workstations reduce disruptive behavior problems and increase students’ attention or academic behavioral engagement by providing students with a different method for completing academic tasks (like standing) that breaks up the monotony of seated work,” Mark Benden, one of the researchers, said. “Considerable research indicates that academic behavioral engagement is the most important contributor to student achievement. Simply put, we think better on our feet than in our seat.”
Conclusively, use of standing desks in the classrooms can help in reducing obesity and improving academic performance.
Dornhecker, M., Blake, J., Benden, M., Zhao, H., & Wendel, M. (2015). The effect of stand-biased desks on academic engagement: an exploratory study International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53 (5), 271-280 DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2015.1029641
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