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Sound and learning environments

A good sound environment is a prerequisite to a good learning environment

To a large degree, students’ ability to learn depends on if they can hear the teacher and other students during lessons. But, studies show that students typically don’t understand 25% of what is spoken1. Students can feel tired, lose concentration and become fidgety, thus compromising their understanding of the lesson.

Part of the explanation for this is related to the acoustic conditions in the classroom. Factors such as distance from the speaker, background noise and reverberation can cause significant difficulty for students and teachers.

1Crandell & Smaldino ”Classroom Acoustics for Chrildren With Normal Hearing and With Hearing Impairment” Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 31 (2000)
  Everyone can hear what is being said. No one gets distracted by other activities because they cannot hear properly.

Susan Skaunborg, teacher
Ørestad School, Copenhagen, Denmark