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Acoustics in Educational Settings : Technical Report

By United States Access Board

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Book Id: WPLBN0000703116
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Acoustics in Educational Settings : Technical Report  
Author: United States Access Board
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Access Board, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Collections: U.S. Access Board Collection
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Introduction: Speaking and listening are the primary communication modes in most educational settings. Therefore noise levels and reverberation times (RTs) of these learning spaces should be such that speech produced by teachers, students, and others is intelligible. Unfortunately, many learning spaces have excessive noise (any unwanted sound inside or outside of the room) and RT (persistence of sound after the source itself stops). All students and teachers are negatively affected by noise and reverberation, but young students, English language learners, and students and teachers with hearing, language, or learning problems may be at a greater disadvantage. The acoustical properties of classrooms are often the ?forgotten variables? in ensuring students? academic success, particularly for students with unique communication or educational needs (Crum & Matkin, 1976). Many U.S. classrooms...


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