Using Classroom Sound Field Technology to Enhance Learning

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This presentation offers outcomes of a Canadian research study on sound field amplification technology and insights into the problems faced by young children in typical classroom listening conditions. Given that children spend a large part of their school day engaged in listening activities, the impact of classroom acoustics cannot be overlooked. The complex listening environment of classrooms affects instruction of all students, especially young listeners because their auditory systems have not yet matured. Further, researchers have found that many young students may have reduced hearing due to ear infections. Our study hypothesized that introducing sound field amplification, which improves the soundscape of classrooms, may benefit students’ ability to hear and ultimately to learn. Data from quantitative and qualitative methods, which were used to address this topic, will be introduced. Practical implications for the classroom teacher will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss classroom listening environments and how sound field amplification technology can enhance learning.


Keywords: Technology, Sound Field Amplification, Classroom Listening Environment, Student Learning
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Using Classroom Sound Field Technology to Enhance Learning


Dr. Joan Flagg-Williams

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Atlantic Baptist University
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Joan graduated from Goucher College, Maryland, with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She received her M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire. Her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology was earned at the University of Connecticut. Joan’s work experience has included both teaching and psychological work with children who have a variety of special needs. Joan has certifications in teaching and school psychology. She is currently teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs or the Faculty of Education at Atlantic Baptist University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Dr. Rhonda L. Rubin

Speech-Language Pathologist, Extra Mural Program-Tantramar Unit, South-East Regional Health Authority
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Rhonda graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Science majoring in speech-language pathology. She also holds a Master’s in Education from the Université de Moncton and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Ottawa. Rhonda works as a speech-language pathologist with both children and adults in schools and home care settings in rural south eastern New Brunswick, Canada. She has been utilizing sound field amplification technology for over 20 years. Rhonda is involved with a number of community based advocacy groups, both provincially and nationally.

Dr. Catherine Aquino-Russell

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; a Masters in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and a PhD in Nursing from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. She has held numerous education, leadership, and administration positions in hospitals and universities. She holds the position of associate professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Moncton Campus. She also works on a casual basis as a home care nurse at Extra Mural Services, Tantramar Unit, South East Regional Health Authority, Sackville, New Brunswick. Catherine lives with a different sense of hearing and is committed to enhancing others’ understanding of this experience. She is a qualitative researcher.

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