Poor acoustics inside classrooms not only negatively impacts the ability of students to learn but also impacts the ability of the teacher to teach. Speaking and listening in learning environments is critical and the way classrooms perform acoustically has a significant influence on learning outcomes.
Over the years many studies have been conducted on the amount of time students spend listening. Whilst these studies almost always differ in their reported findings, one thing is common throughout - that the greatest percentage of a student's time in class is spent listening.
In children, cognitive functions are less developed and thus they are more prone to disruption than adults - noise impairs children more than it does adults, especially in tasks that involve speech perception and listening comprehension.
First published in 2003 by the UK Government, "Building Bulletin 93 (BB93)" explains minimum performance standards for the acoustics of school buildings.
Acoustic Wall Panels
Mobile Acoustic Screens