Teachers' experience of activity noise in preschools and effects of school policy

Valdis Jonsdottir, Gudmundur Kr Oskarsson

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The aim of this study was to survey teachers' experience of noise in Icelandic preschools and find out if/how different school policies might affect noise levels in preschools. A questionnaire study was carried out in 8 Icelandic private preschools with their own school policy or pedagogical ideology (Hjalli-model) and in 6 public preschools. Noise measurements were carried out in one of the private schools and in one of the public ones. Significantly fewer "Hjalli-model" teachers reported vocal symptoms, fewer experienced vocal symptoms during wintertime and in the evenings and statistically less noise was measured in the "Hjalli-model" preschools. Activity noise is too high in preschools for oral education. School policies, with tighter control of discipline, may lower the noise in preschools. Choosing less noisy toys and having groups with fewer children can lead to more positive and quieter learning environments by decreasing noise levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForum Acusticum, FA 2014
EditorsBartlomiej Borkowski
PublisherEuropean Acoustics Association, EAA
ISBN (Electronic)9788361402282
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th Forum Acusticum, FA 2014 - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 7 Sept 201412 Sept 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of Forum Acusticum
ISSN (Print)2221-3767


Conference7th Forum Acusticum, FA 2014


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