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Conference_programme: 18.1 - Effect of room acoustics and noise on speech intelligibility and task performance in schools

Lecture: Acoustic impact on effective teaching and learning activities in open learning spaces

Author(s): Campbell Colin, Brokmann Holger, Vugts Jeroen, Van Oorschot-Slaat Esther

The Importance of good acoustics is being increasingly recognised; Studies have shown that\n teacher and student working environments, associated behaviour and management are related to acoustic quality, especially regarding inclusion.\n\nThere is also an ongoing pedagogic evolution worldwide, around innovative learning environments. Involving supporting teacher change, highlighting changes from traditional teacher lead to student centered learning activities, to encourage teacher and student collaboration and engagement. This change; traditional to diversified teaching often leads to high noise levels, which has proven to increase stress and reduction of concentration. \n\nTo provide the acoustic conditions supporting effective teaching and learning requires control of sound levels, speech intelligibility, speech privacy between spaces and control of indoor ambient noise. \n\nGood practice European examples are referenced which support these evolving pedagogic approaches. Assessing specifically their acoustic data and the relevant acoustic parameters and regulations.\n\nIn general, the open learning spaces are perceived as noisy. We believe that in order to create effective open learning spaces, an activity based acoustic design approach is needed so future learning environments can make the necessary considerations to support sustainable learning outcomes, health and well-being of all occupants.\n

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