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Determinants of noise annoyance in teachers from schools with different classroom reverberation times

Kristiansen J, Lund SP, Nielsen PM, et al. Determinants of noise annoyance in teachers from schools with different classroom reverberation times. Journal of Environmental Psychology 2011;31(4):383-92.
Date: 2011
Scientific Article
A high proportion of school teachers report that they are disturbed by noise during teaching. The aim of the study was therefore to identify determinants of self-reported noise exposure and disturbance attributed to noise among secondary school teachers (n=419) in 10 schools in Copenhagen, Denmark. The schools were selected to show contrasts in classroom reverberation times (RT), and were classified as "Short RT" (3 schools, mean RT 0.41-0.45 s), "Medium RT" (3 schools, mean RT 0.51-0.55 s) and "Long RT" (4 schools, mean RT 0.62-0.73 s). Significant determinants of self-reported noise exposure were a high number of children in the class, young age of the children, and low teacher seniority. "Long RT" classification was of borderline significance. Significant determinants of disturbance attributed to noise from children in the class were teacher seniority and "Long RT" acoustic classification of the school. The associations between work characteristics and noise disturbance measures were attenuated by low self-rated work capacity, suggesting that the consequences of noise and poor acoustics may not be limited to disturbance attributed to noise, but may have a wide negative impact on the perceived working environment
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