Examining the relationships between monaural and binaural classroom acoustics parameters and student achievement

Lauren M. Ronsse, Lily M Wang, Paul Sim

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationships between several classroom acoustics parameters and student achievement. Detailed binaural room impulse response measurements were conducted in four elementary school classrooms in a midwestern public school system in the United States. Unoccupied background noise levels were also recorded in these spaces. Previous studies have compared how different room acoustics metrics predict speech intelligibility, while another investigation examined perception-based binaural metrics in a typical classroom. This study extends these previous research areas by comparing both binaural classroom acoustics metrics and unoccupied background noise levels to each other and to the standardized student achievement scores of students in the surveyed classrooms. The binaural metrics examined include interaural level differences, interaural cross-correlations, and comparisons of the speech transmission index and frequency-to-frequency fluctuations between the two ears. The results will indicate which classroom acoustics parameters, if any, are most strongly related to student achievement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th International Congress on Acoustics 2010, ICA 2010 - Incorporating Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society
Pages2483-2488
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
Event20th International Congress on Acoustics 2010, ICA 2010 - Incorporating the 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Aug 23 2010Aug 27 2010

Publication series

Name20th International Congress on Acoustics 2010, ICA 2010 - Incorporating Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society
Volume3

Conference

Conference20th International Congress on Acoustics 2010, ICA 2010 - Incorporating the 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period8/23/108/27/10

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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Ronsse, L. M., Wang, L. M., & Sim, P. (2010). Examining the relationships between monaural and binaural classroom acoustics parameters and student achievement. In 20th International Congress on Acoustics 2010, ICA 2010 - Incorporating Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society (pp. 2483-2488). (20th International Congress on Acoustics 2010, ICA 2010 - Incorporating Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society; Vol. 3).