ERIC Number: ED478176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
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Two Papers on Classroom Acoustics. Good Classroom Acoustics Is a Good Investment. The Impact of Classroom Acoustics.
Lubman, David; Sutherland, Louis C.
This document consists of two papers. The first, titled "Good Classroom Acoustics Is a Good Investment," identifies and estimates some of the costs for good acoustics in new school construction. It also identifies and estimates some previously unrecognized economic benefits of good acoustics, as well as some of the hidden costs of marginal or poor acoustics. Costs and benefits are compared using recent economic data from the United States. Results suggest that the economic benefits of good acoustics far outweigh its costs. Therefore, a case can be made that good classroom acoustics is a good economic investment. The second paper, "The Impact of Classroom Acoustics on Scholastic Achievement," reviews speech communication criteria and studies that have linked scholastic performance with acoustical noise or reverberation. Some studies link aircraft noise with delayed language acquisition, reading deficiencies, reduced motivation, and long-term recall of learned material. Others link ground transportation noise with reduced academic achievement. Aside from reduced speech intelligibility, little data were found to gauge the impact on learning achievement from heating, ventilating, and air conditioning noise; from the noises of students interacting in cooperative learning environments; or from reverberation. Despite their incomplete nature, some useful inferences can be drawn from these studies. For example, evidence for cumulative impact of poor acoustics on scholastic achievement suggests that good acoustics be made a high priority for children in lower grades. (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acoustical Environment, Acoustics, Construction Costs, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Education, Environmental Influences, School Construction
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Papers presented at the Meeting of the International Commission for Acoustics (17th, Rome, Italy, September 2-7, 2001).