WHY ACOUSTICS IN EDUCATION MATTERS AND HOW TO DESIGN EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES WITH BETTER ACOUSTICS
Noise in education is on the rise, however room acoustics is often the ‘forgotten variable’.
Affecting children - especially those under 13 years of age - and teachers alike, poor acoustics in classrooms and lecture theatres result in poor academic performance and workplace stress.
The current trend to open plan ‘flexible learning spaces’ as well as learning is done in small groups with a high emphasis on incidental learning, means that noise levels are even higher than in traditional, ‘didactic’ style teaching environments.
TO ADDRESS THE ACOUSTIC CHALLENGES OF MODERN TEACHING THIS ACOUSTIC DESIGN GUIDE:
- Explains how poor acoustics affects children
- Reveals current trends in teaching methods and education design
- Outlines key acoustic principles for education design
- Provides acoustic requirements for Australian educational facilities
- Gives a zone-by-zone selection guide for the right acoustic materials
- Shares acoustic design in action: two Australian design case studies