INQA Noise in educational institutions
Goals of INQA • Noise in educational institutions

INQA – Noise in educational institutions has set itself the goal of reducing burdens during learning. To reduce the burden of noise at the working system educational institution three factors must be combined:
  • optimisation of acoustics in a room
  • effective pedagogic intervention
  • a health-promoting structure and organisation of th educational

INQA – Noise in educational institutions merges information on all three levels, networks intermediaries from the fields of safety at work and education and serves as a platform for common activities for the improvement of teach-learn-conditions in educational institutions.

INQA – Noise in educational institutions implements results of research into practical tools, collects and analyses good practice examples and combines networks and projects with each other as well as connect existing and new ones.

INQA – Noise in educational institutions aims at teachers, trainers, parents and schools as well as decision makers from politics and administration.

State of knowledge

• 4 out of 5 teachers call noise during lessons the most prominent burden in every day school life. On a psychological level noise is a critical factor of burden for teachers and pupils.

• Inconvenient acoustics in a room affect learning by disturbing the communication, the level of attention and the linguistic short term memory.

• Good acoustics in a room lead to lower levels of sound during lessons and thus to a reduction of stress for teachers. The training of a special code of behaviour also leads to a permanent reduction of the level of sound.

• The acoustics of a room have several effects on different forms of knowledge transfer. Therefore, the acoustic qualities of each room must be designed according to its use.

Basic practical approaches

• In the course of the project “Hardness of hearing begins during infancy”, profiles of demand were developed for trade schools, including material specifically developed for the ear.

• Consultations of schools and day care centres based on existing knowledge

• Networks on health in schools and day care centres (e.g. OPUS)

• Regional accident insurance and prevention institutions advise teachers on safety and health in schools, e.g. on noise prevention.

• Cooperative Circle “Noise prevention in educational institutions” in North-Rhine Westphalia

• Pedagogic material on the topic noise, e.g. “Good for you that you have ears” (Gut, dass du Ohren hast) or “Bang and Sound” (Knall und Schall) by UfU, Berlin.

• Material provided by the Federal Central Office for sanitary information


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