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Teachers unaware of effect of poor classroom acoustics on learning

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According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) – teachers are generally unaware of the efffects that poor classroom acoustics have on learning.

Most teachers are unaware that the typical classroom may not be providing the best environment for listening and learning due to poor acoustic characteristics. Important information may be lost because a deteriorated or weak speech signal reaches the learner which makes listening difficult and creates significant gaps in learning.

Their research indicates that most teachers neither attempt acoustic improvements in their classrooms, nor welcome an amplification system or acoustic modifications.
They also argue for speech-language pathologists to consider educating teachers on the effects of poor acoustics on student learning, at-risk students, teacher vocal health, and the means for obtaining grants for amplification systems until designs for acoustical accommodations can be provided for classroom.
More info about this article on the ASHA website
More info on the ASHA website regarding classroom acoustics
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialise in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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