Does the classroom assist or impede the learning process?

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Journal titleCanadian Association of Principals Journal
Pages3234; # of pages: 3
SubjectClassroom acoustics
AbstractEven moderate levels of noise and poor room acoustics can impair children's ability to understand clearly spoken words. In many everyday classroom situations, children will only understand a portion of the words that are spoken to them, even if they are clearly spoken simple words. The problem becomes more acute for younger children and others such as hearing impaired and second language listeners. It is therefore very important that the acoustical conditions in classrooms be specially designed to encourage and not impede the learning activities that take place in these rooms. This is best done with the assistance of a knowledgeable acoustical consultant. It is equally important that during critical teaching periods, where verbal communication is important, that student activity noise be controlled. An ideal classroom should not detract from or impair the learning process for any child. Classrooms should provide an environment that completely supports the needs of verbal communication in teaching activities.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47710
NPARC number20377713
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