Awareness of Healthy Computer Use and Computer Ergonomics Among Prospective Teachers

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With the growing increase of computer use in education, there is increasing concern about computer-related health problems. The lack of knowledge about healthy computer use and ergonomic factors cause computer-related health problems. It is important to train the computer users on healthy computer use. The current study aims to investigate the awareness of senior Education Faculty students regarding healthy use of computers along with the risks stemming from unhealthy use, and their knowledge of computer related ergonomics. 200 senior Education Faculty students at Anadolu University, Education Faculty participated in the current study. The data were collected in the spring semester of 2007. “Computer Use and Ergonomics Evaluation Scale” was developed to analyze the data. “Computer Use and Ergonomics Evaluation Scale” consist of three different subscales determined as “Physical Environment, Ergonomics and the Health Problems’ and 26 items of these subscales”. The aim of the instrument is to investigate knowledge about physical environment, ergonomics and the health problems associated with computer use. Descriptive statistics were used to examine opinions of students. More specifically, means, frequencies, and percentages were used and relevant parametric tests were conducted where necessary.

Keywords: Computer-related Health Problems, Healthy Computer Use, Ergonomics Issues, Computer Use
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. H. Ferhan Odabasi

Faculty Member, Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Anadolu University
Eskisehir, Turkey

H. Ferhan Odabaşı is the Head of Computer and Instructional Technologies Education Department of Education Faculty, Anadolu University, Eskişehir Turkey. She classifies her academic interest as missionary; parental awareness on Internet and visionary; professional development of HE educators.

Associate Prof. Dr. Suzan Duygu Bedir Eristi

Faculty Member, Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Anadolu University
Eskisehir, Turkey

Suzan Duygu Erişti is an assistant proffessor at the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies at Anadolu University, Turkey. She has a Ph.D. on art education with emphasis on interactive learning through visual supports. Her research interests include graphics design and implementation, and interactive instructional design.

Ref: T08P0013