Acoustics in the classroom

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Title: Acoustics in the classroom
Author: Tully, Carolyn
Abstract: "Acoustics in the Classroom: a Guide for Classroom Teachers" is a brochure developed specifically for teachers of the deaf who work with mainstreamed deaf and hard of hearing students and their teachers. A review of the current literature, input from my experience as a Teacher of the Deaf, and veteran Teacher of the Deaf were used to generate the brochure. The goal is to evaluate and enhance acoustics in the classroom therefore enabling the use of residual hearing for spoken language learning. Noise as a health issue in general has been so well documented scientists have referred to the problem as "noise pollution." With a higher number of deaf and hard of hearing students being educated in the mainstream, the goal for teachers is to enhance the classroom acoustics for the deaf and hard of hearing students by alleviating noise and by using strategies that give the students better access to the spoken signal. Research demonstrates these strategies will benefit not only deaf and hard of hearing students, but all children's learning.
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Date: 2006-05-25

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