It is well documented that the interference of noise in the classroom puts younger pupils at a 8 disadvantage for speech perception tasks. Nevertheless, the dependence of this phenomenon on the 9 type of noise, and the way it is realized for each class by a specific combination of intelligibility 10 and effort have not been fully investigated. Following on a previous laboratory study on “listening 11 efficiency,” which stems from a combination of accuracy and latency measures, this work tackles 12 the problems above to better understand the basic mechanisms governing the speech perception 13 performance of pupils in noisy classrooms. Listening tests were conducted in real classrooms for a 14 relevant number of students, and tests in quiet were also developed. The statistical analysis is based 15 on stochastic ordering and is able to clarify the behavior of the classes and the different impacts of 16 noises on performance. It is found that the joint babble and activity noise has the worst effect on 17 performance whereas tapping and external traffic noises are less disruptive.

On the perception of speech in primary school classrooms: Ranking of noise interference and of age influence

PRODI, Nicola;VISENTIN, Chiara;FELETTI, Alice
2013

Abstract

It is well documented that the interference of noise in the classroom puts younger pupils at a 8 disadvantage for speech perception tasks. Nevertheless, the dependence of this phenomenon on the 9 type of noise, and the way it is realized for each class by a specific combination of intelligibility 10 and effort have not been fully investigated. Following on a previous laboratory study on “listening 11 efficiency,” which stems from a combination of accuracy and latency measures, this work tackles 12 the problems above to better understand the basic mechanisms governing the speech perception 13 performance of pupils in noisy classrooms. Listening tests were conducted in real classrooms for a 14 relevant number of students, and tests in quiet were also developed. The statistical analysis is based 15 on stochastic ordering and is able to clarify the behavior of the classes and the different impacts of 16 noises on performance. It is found that the joint babble and activity noise has the worst effect on 17 performance whereas tapping and external traffic noises are less disruptive.
Prodi, Nicola; Visentin, Chiara; Feletti, Alice
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