The sound environment of German preschools and preschool teachers' thoughts about sound generated by children

Saki Noguchi, Hisako Yoshizawa, Masayuki Sato, Tadashi Konishi

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Abstract

Noticeably, preschool children develop language and communication, so improvement of the preschool's sound environment is important. Currently, Japanese preschool facilities have experienced problems with noise. One cause is a lack of sound absorption. Moreover, the loudness of the generated sound is a second cause because preschool teachers generally believe that children's voices should not be muted. Therefore, improvement of sound environment is important and should be approached from both facility design and child behavior philosophy. In Germany, The German standard (DIN 18041) has necessitated the same level of sound absorption in the nursery as in elementary schools since 2004. Under the influence of these factors, architectural ideas, such as increasing the equivalent sound-absorption area, are generally seen at preschools (Kawai et al., 2018). Therefore, we have researched the sound environment at German preschools and preschool teachers' thoughts about the sound generated by children to identify ways to create a more acoustically comfortable learning environment. We observed three preschools and compared them to Japanese preschools. It was found that by implementing acoustic improvements in classroom design and increasing teacher awareness of appropriate sound environment, the noise levels tend to be lower. Consequently, it is believed that a proper acoustic environment improves overall awareness, leading to the creation of a better educational environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019
EditorsMartin Ochmann, Vorlander Michael, Janina Fels
PublisherInternational Commission for Acoustics (ICA)
Pages5918-5925
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783939296157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 2019 Sep 92019 Sep 23

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Congress on Acoustics
Volume2019-September
ISSN (Print)2226-7808
ISSN (Electronic)2415-1599

Conference

Conference23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019
CountryGermany
CityAachen
Period19/9/919/9/23

Keywords

  • Acoustic design
  • Learning environment
  • Noise mitigation
  • Preschool classroom
  • Teacher responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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