Classroom Acoustics (11-21-19)

Astolfi and colleagues investigated the effects of classroom acoustics on the educational experiences of young people, age 6 to 7.  They determined that findings of the study suggest that long reverberation times, which are associated to poor classroom acoustics as they generate higher noise levels and degraded speech intelligibility, bring pupils to a reduced perception of having fun and being happy with themselves. Furthermore, bad classroom acoustics is also related to an increased perception of noise intensity and disturbance, particularly in the case of traffic noise and noise from adjacent school environments.”

Arianna Astolfi, Giuseppina Puglisi, Silvia Murgia, Greta Minelli, Franco Pellerey, Andrea Prato, and Tiziana Secco. “The Influence of Classroom Acoustics on Noise Disturbance and Well-Being for First Graders.”  2019.  Frontiers in Psychology, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02736