The effects of classroom noise on the reading comprehension of adolescents

Connolly, D, Dockrell, J, Shield, B, Conetta, RA, Mydlarz, CA and Cox, TJ ORCID: 2019, 'The effects of classroom noise on the reading comprehension of adolescents' , The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145 (1) , pp. 372-381.

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An investigation has been carried out to examine the impact of different levels of classroom noise on adolescents’ performance on reading and vocabulary-learning tasks. A total of 976 English high school pupils (564 aged 11 to 13 years and 412 aged 14 to 16 years) completed reading tasks on laptop computers while exposed to different levels of classroom noise played through headphones. The tasks consisted of reading science texts, which were followed by multiple-choice questions probing comprehension and word learning. Number of questions attempted, times taken to read the texts and to answer questions were recorded, as well as correct answers to different types of question. The study consisted of two similar experiments, the first comparing performance in classroom noise at levels of 50 and 70 dB LAeq; and the second at levels of 50 and 64 dB LAeq. The results showed that the performance of all pupils was significantly negatively affected in the 70 dB LAeq condition, for the number of questions attempted and the accuracy of answers to factual and word learning questions. It was harder to discern effects at 64 dB LAeq, this level of noise having a detrimental effect upon the older pupils only.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
ISSN: 0001-4966
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: TJ Cox
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 15:01
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 00:42

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