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December 19, 2013

Noise affects teachers' well-being and health

Students are also at risk almost every day, according to studies.

Noise affects teachers' well-being and health

Many schools and classrooms are very loud and have bad indoor climates, including lots of noise and no ventilation. Such environments affect both students and teachers.

Noisy indoor climates affect teachers' work days and can result in lower job satisfaction, increased fatigue and tiredness, and a lack of energy and motivation among the teachers.

Students also experience these problems. Every fifth student experiences noise issues in their school or classroom. As a result, the students' learning abilities, concentration and academic achievement can be affected.

For that reason, both teachers and students are at risk of experiencing noise problems when they spend a day in school.

Better indoor environment

The problems with noise and loud sounds in classrooms and schools affect both teachers and students and there are numerous consequences of these noise levels.

A way to move forward is to have more focus on establishing better indoor environments in schools and classrooms. The acoustics in an indoor environment can be improved by adding curtains or blinds, adding felt pads under tables and chairs or introducing sound absorbent carpeting.

A better climate with less noise and more ventilation may reduce both noise and loud sounds and, as a result, the learning ability and performance of both students and teachers can be improved.

The study was published in the magazine ”?Working Environment' and was carried out by the Danish Centre of Educational Environment (DCUM).



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