Sound levels in classrooms and effects on self-reported mood among school children
2006 (English)In: Perceptual and Motor Skills, ISSN 0031-5125, Vol. 96, no 3 Pt 2, 1289-1299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The principle of this field study is an investigation of recorded sound levels in 24 classrooms and relations between sound level measures and aspects of children's rated annoyance, task orientation, and inattentiveness. The background sound-exposure levels were distributed within the interval of 33-42 dB(A)eq and the activity sound level exposure ranged between 47-68 dB(A)eq. The recorded levels must be considered as high for work environments where steady concentration and undisturbed communication is essential. Results do not support the hypothesis that lower background-sound level and fewer students per class would improve the sound environment by generating a lower activity noise or the hypothesis that higher sound levels should increase annoyance and inattentiveness as well as deteriorate task orientation ratings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ammons Scientific , 2006. Vol. 96, no 3 Pt 2, 1289-1299 p.
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96329DOI: 10.2466/PMS.96.3.1289-1299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-96329DiVA: diva2:764131