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The impacts of environmental noise on the academic achievements of secondary school students in Greater London

Xie, H., Kang, J. and Tompsett, R. (2011) The impacts of environmental noise on the academic achievements of secondary school students in Greater London. Applied Acoustics, 72 (8). pp. 551-555. ISSN 0003-682X

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Abstract

Previous studies on the detrimental impact of chronic external noise upon the academic performance of school children were normally based on sampled school sites, and the results were often limited to a specific range of areas. The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationships between environmental noise levels of secondary schools in Greater London and a set of academic achievement factors, and also, to determine the noise exposure of secondary schools. Four academic achievement indicators were considered and five noise indicators were obtained after processing noise map data. It has been shown that the environmental noise levels of secondary schools in Greater London have almost no significant relationships with those academic achievement indicators. As expected, the secondary schools in Inner London are noisier than those in Outer London. The average difference is calculated as 2 dBA. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Applied Acoustics. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Secondary school; Noise map; Academic achievement; London
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Architecture (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2011 08:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2010.10.013
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2010.10.013
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43073

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