Acoustic Ceilings in Schools | 5 Key Benefits…
Monday, April 04th, 2011  | posted by

The benefits of using sound absorbing acoustic ceiling systems in schools can be explained in the following 5 key benefits: -

 

1. COMMUNICATION: – A quiet sound environment helps to encourage children to listen and take part in discussion with speech at low levels. Effective sound absorbing ceilings provide a hugely beneficial environment for communication – and mean that students do not need to raise their voices.
2. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: – Teachers are able to control the numerous elements of classroom teaching far easier, a teacher can be less repetitive and more proactive in well designed acoustically sound environment. Good classroom acoustics allow teachers to much more easily identify the source of sound – allowing a more immediate and subtle solution to disturbance.

Lower sound, means lower stress for teachers in the classroom environment. The benefits of good acoustics for teaching staff health and well being throughout the school are ofter under estimated.

 

Gedina E

Gedina E

 

3. BEHAVIOR: – Classes can begin more quickly without the need to start with reprimanding students for being too noisy. An environment with a low reverberation allows the teacher to start a lesson positively. Clean and clear lines of sound discourages children from disrupting the class as it reduces anonymity. Non-classroom spaces are dramatically improved with good acoustics. Corridors for example can be made more pleasant and less hostile.

 

4. LEARNING: - Good hearing is obviously a major contributor to effective learning. When children can clearly hear, they will take part in discussions and are considerably more likely to remember what is being taught and thus applying what they learn. It seems simple – but it is amazing how detrimental to learning poor sound quality is.

 

Advantage A

Advantage A

 

5. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: - Providing a natural envornment is the best way of nurturing a child’s ability to learn. Numerous studies have proved this unequivocally.

 

Focus A

Focus A

 

Supporting students hearing senses in the school environment has to be one of the most important elements when considering the school design. This is why the government in the UK introduced the BB93 building regulation in 2003, requiring all schools to make provision to ensure the correct acoustic conditions for learning. This regulation was brought in because studies showed that children are suffering due to their inability to hear clearly in teaching spaces.

ReSpace Acoustics provide that solution to new school build projects. But what about the existing schools that are still suffering? We are also helping many schools that suffer from poor acoustics and will reach out to as many as we can this year with our schools campaign (summer 2011) – offering cost effective, highly effective school acoustic solutions to all types of education premises.

 

“The success of modern education lies in allowing children to share and discuss information. Providing the right acoustics will increase the quality of teaching and learning”

 

Class A sound absorbing acoustic ceilings are the ideal solution for providing the benefits we have outlined. The provide the largest uninterrupted surface for absorption.

 

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    mikerosss | 21st May 2011
  • The principle reason is to provide effortless speech intelligibility. This has manifold benefits on the effectiveness of the space as a learning environment, as it not only makes speech clearer and reduces listening fatigue, but it promotes engagement on the activites and subject matters of the class. There will always be pupils who don’t want to be taught but there are many more who are both willing to be taught but also suseptible to distraction. In an environment where listening is more of an effort than it needs to be (long before understanding and learning can take place) it is too easy for the borderline pupils to become disengaged, and in sufficient numbers so as to make the lesson more about class management than teaching. This of course hugely undermines the educational opportunity for the whole class, including the more naturally motivated pupils, and especially the core of determinedly disenfranchised. Thus the problem feeds itself. An engaging teaching environment is fundamental to breaking that loop, and especially to changing attitudes to education in children who have not inherited a value for education from their families and peers. In communities and regions where the full value of education is not understood or appreciated, good teaching environments in the schools may even be expected to reverse the collective attitude to education within a generation, to the benefit of the prosperity and aspirations of the community. Acoustics has a part to
    play in creating these teaching environments.

    On a technical note, if working with class A absorbers, a careful mix and distribution if absorbing and reflecting ceiling tiles gives by far the best acoustic result, with regard to speech intelligibility.

    Paul Malpas | 8th June 2011

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