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Document ID (ISN)109612
CIS number 09-681
ISBN(s) 3-86509-513-5
Year 2006
Convention or series no. Fb 1071
Author(s) Oberdörster M., Tiesler G.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Acoustic ergonomics of schools
Original title Akustische Ergonomie der Schule [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2006. 193p. Illus. 108 ref. Index. Price: EUR 19.00.
Abstract This study was undertaken in response to numerous complaints by teachers concerning school noise. It was carried out in two German elementary schools. Based on noise measurements taken in classrooms during 175 lessons, it was analysed how the different modes of teaching (frontal lessons as and differentiated lessons) have an effect on noise levels (expressed as LA95 et LAeq). Next, it was investigated how changes in classroom acoustics affected the sound levels in context with each kind of work. It was found that with acoustic improvements, sound levels decrease, students' social behaviour becomes calmer, and teachers experience less stress and a lower sensitivity with regard to the sound level. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) children; noise; teaching; conditions of work; educational institutions; acoustics
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; human behaviour; noise level measurement; sound absorption; stress factors; premises
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Teaching and educational institutions
Noise