We have a long-term policy of no stools in the teaching labs, except when a particular student has a physical need for one. We consider it a positive step toward a safer experience for the students. We have small step stools to be used when reading burets and other tall measuring devices, but personally I do not see the problem in having to be on one's feet for a 3- or 4-hour lab class, particularly if one is in the age bracket of the vast majority of college students.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Brookville, NY 11548
OK folks - it is time to ask the question as we just got new laboratories for one of our campus locations. In our chemistry labs at two of our campuses we have "laboratory pods" A bench with a sink in the middle and places for four individuals with under the pod stools. (Note in the new laboratory - the stools weren't the best choice and are now a tripping hazard, so that is a separate issue.)
But, what we are seeing more and more is that if the stools are available the students want to sit to do the experiments. Understanding of course that there are some that need this type of accommodation, but for most - sitting while doing the experiment is not necessary or desired.
So, I am asking the question - primarily to defend our stance, what is your opinion about stools in a general chemistry laboratory - we are talking introductory chemistry and general chemistry.
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