Tag: educational environments

Embracing Aural Diversity in Education through Universal Design for Learning

In Universal Design: Embracing Difference, we discussed how those that shape the built environment can begin to think more inclusively by considering individuals as landing somewhere on a spectrum of difference [1] rather than in relation to a mythical average that nobody is actually truly represented by. There are certain environments in which Universal Design […]

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Room acoustic quality to support inclusion in schools: Research presented at Internoise 2020

Teaching has changed and so have learning approaches of our children. The school is no longer the place for endless teacher monologues and our children are expected to participate in discussions, in group work and in cross discipline projects. Mainstream teaching today is not the same as it was only 15 years ago and the […]

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Heart rate is a medically recognised stressor – Noise reduction gives teachers a significant long-term benefit

This is not new, however it is a fundamental aspect to consider when designing optimal sustainable indoor environments. By measuring/recording the heart rate of teachers, an indicator of stress was apparent in lessons and also over a longer more sustained period. Here is a short insight overview on stress as stated by ASA (American Heart […]

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Multipurpose spaces function much better for their activities after acoustic improvements

The Municipal Music School of Pinto, in Madrid was in need of improving the acoustics of its facilities in order to further motivate its students and offer teachers a healthier work environment. More specifically, a multipurpose room as well as the entrance hall were treated with “Class A” absorbing acoustic solutions acoustic solutions. The latter […]

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The impact of noise in education – a research summary

This new research summary is now available and lifts out evidence from a variety of research studies around the world. These studies address a broad range of important aspects which need to be considered in learning environments. It is based on a recent extensive literature review by Professor Emerita Bridget Shield made for Ecophon. We […]

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Language students in Slovakia now appreciate the importance of good acoustics

Improved language lessons at Bilingual Grammar School in Žilina Slovakia. Before the acoustic improvements, students had to cope with poor speech intelligibility and excessive reverberation during their language lessons. It was not only the students who complained about the poor acoustics, but also teachers were angry about the environment because they had to strain their […]

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Is it really possible to predict the room acoustic values in a non-diffuse room?

We made acoustic measurements as part of a remodelling of our training area at our head offices during the different phases of the acoustic treatment in the refurbishment. This is outlined in a previous Acoustic Bulletin post which highlighted the need for wall absorbers to remove the flutter echos, thus reducing the reverberation time and […]

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Euronoise 2018 – Room acoustics and learning environments

Did you miss out? Our editor Pauli Pallaskorpi, Concept Developer for Education in Finland, attended Euronoise in Crete – and here are his main takeaway bullet points from the afternoon session: Effect of room acoustics and noise on speech intelligibility and task performance in schools’. Experimental investigation of effect of background noise and reverberation on listening comprehension […]

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Interview with Acoustic Bulletin Editor – Holger Brokmann

It’s time to meet another Acoustic Bulletin Editor, and this time we go to Germany and have a chat with Holger Brokmann. Holger has a Diploma in Educational Science and a passion for music and guitars. He loves playing them, even building them and modifying the ones he buys. In fact, when asked how many […]

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School acoustics in 5 European countries

How does the view of school acoustics vary between five European countries? Working across several countries, it’s interesting to reflect on the differences we see in terms of the role of acoustics. In some countries the sound environment barely gets a mention in a building process, in others only in certain types of specialist spaces […]

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