Sedentary Patterns and Sit-to-Stand Transitions in Open Learning Spaces and Conventional Classrooms among Primary School Students
Hartikainen, J., Haapala, E. A., Sääkslahti, A., Poikkeus, A.-M., & Finni, T. (2022). Sedentary Patterns and Sit-to-Stand Transitions in Open Learning Spaces and Conventional Classrooms among Primary School Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, Article 8185. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138185
DisciplineBiomekaniikkaLiikuntapedagogiikkaEsi- ja alkuopetusLiikuntalääketiedeBiomechanicsSport PedagogyPre- and Early Childhood EducationSports and Exercise Medicine
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Educational reforms worldwide have resulted in schools increasingly incorporating open and flexible classroom designs that may provide possibilities to reduce sedentary behavior among students during lessons. Cross-sectional associations of classroom type on accelerometry assessed sedentary bout durations and sit-to-stand transitions were investigated in 191 third and fifth grade students recruited from one school with open learning spaces and two schools with conventional classrooms. A three-way ANOVA for classroom type, gender and grade level indicated that students in open learning spaces had more 1-to-4-min sedentary bouts (mean difference 1.8 bouts/h, p < 0.001), fewer >10-min sedentary bouts (median 0.20 vs. 0.48 bouts/h, p = 0.004) and more sit-to-stand transitions (mean difference 0.9 STS/h, p = 0.009) than students in conventional learning spaces. Comparisons between schools by grade, which were conducted with a one-way ANCOVA adjusted for gender, indicated that most of the significant differences occurred between schools with different classroom types. There were only small and mostly statistically nonsignificant differences between the two schools with conventional classrooms. In conclusion, open learning spaces may improve children’s sedentary profiles towards shorter sedentary bout durations and facilitate also postural transitions during lessons, which may translate into beneficial health impacts over a longer period. ...
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avoimet oppimisympäristöt avoimet tilat seisomaan nouseminen sedentary behavior physical activity school open learning spaces sit-to-stand transitions opetustilat sukupuoli istuminen koululiikunta lapset (ikäryhmät) koululaiset liikunta asennot (ruumiinasennot) oppimisympäristö liikkumattomuus fyysinen aktiivisuus seisominen oppitunnit tauot
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Additional information about fundingThis study was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland as part of the CHIPASE study: Children’s Physical Activity Spectrum: Daily Variations in Physical Activity and Sedentary Patterns Related to School Indoor Physical Environment, grant number OKM/59/626/2016-2018.
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