Learning And Interacting in Noisy Classrooms: Teacher Perceptions of The Challenges For Students Who Are Hard of Hearing

Authors

  • Janet R. Jamieson Professor Faculty of Education University of British Columbia
  • Brenda T. Poon University of British Columbia
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait Tel Aviv University

Keywords:

deaf, hard of hearing, classroom acoustics, background noise

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the impact of background noise on the daily school experiences of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children in elementary school. Through observations in 11 elementary classrooms in a western Canadian city, students and teachers were found to participate in four types of classroom activities (seatwork, direct teacher instruction, small group activities, and transitions).  Unstructured activities, large classroom space, and high levels of background noise caused the most challenge for DHH students in terms of learning and peer interactions. Sixteen classroom and specialist teachers of the DHH were interviewed to learn their perceptions of their 11 DHH students’ experience learning and interacting in noisy classrooms, and all interviews were analyzed through a content analysis approach. The teachers perceived that the students experienced serious negative impacts from background noise both academically and socially. Implications for theory, practice, and policy are discussed.

Author Biographies

Janet R. Jamieson, Professor Faculty of Education University of British Columbia

Professor

Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education

University of British Columbia

Brenda T. Poon, University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor

School of Population and Public Health

Anat Zaidman-Zait, Tel Aviv University

Associate Professor

School of Education

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Published

2019-04-26

How to Cite

1.
Jamieson JR, Poon BT, Zaidman-Zait A. Learning And Interacting in Noisy Classrooms: Teacher Perceptions of The Challenges For Students Who Are Hard of Hearing. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2019 Apr. 26 [cited 2021 Aug. 5];47(1):51-8. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/3275

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Murray's special issue