An Evaluation of Primary School Students’ Views about Noise Levels in School


Nermin BULUNUZ , Mızrap BULUNUZ , Ali Yurdun ORBAK , Nejla MULU , Ömer Faruk TAVŞANLI


Abstract

Effective education and teaching requires keeping classroom noise levels within specific limits. The purpose of this study is to evaluate students’ views about the noise level in school, its effects, and control of it at two primary schools (one public school and one private school) located in a district of Bursa - within the scope of the TÜBİTAK 1001 project numbered 114K738. The research sample consists of 432 third and fourth graders, 223 of whom are from the public school and 209 of whom are from the private school. To collect data, a 20-question survey was administered to the students, and noise measurements were carried out in the schools. According to the findings obtained from the analysis of the answers from the student questionnaire, the students think that the noise level is high especially during break times. In parallel with the student views, the average noise level at break time during recess was found to be 74.56 dBA at the private primary school and 82.18 dBA at the public primary school. These values are much higher than the limits prescribed in the Regulation on Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise in Turkey (RAMEN) European Union Harmonization Laws. The research findings show that this important problem must be dealt with urgently, and substantive efforts and activities must be launched to reduce high noise levels in schools. 


Keywords

Noise in school, Noise pollution, Student views

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Elementary Education
Pages 725 - 740
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 4
Date of acceptance 27 March 2017
Read (times) 129
Downloaded (times) 73

Author(s) Details

Nermin BULUNUZ

Uludağ University, Turkey


Mızrap BULUNUZ

Uludağ University, Turkey


Ali Yurdun ORBAK

Uludağ University, Turkey


Nejla MULU

Uludağ University, Turkey


Ömer Faruk TAVŞANLI

Uludag University,


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