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Acoustic Comfort in Learning Spaces: Moving Towards Sustainable Development Goals

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Conselleria de Educació, Generalitat Valenciana, 03007 Alicante, Spain
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Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Informatics, Universidad Miguel Hernández, 03202 Elche, Spain
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University Institute of Research CIO, Universidad Miguel Hernández, 03202 Elche, Spain
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Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, Universidad Miguel Hernández, 03202 Elche, Spain
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Technical Department at CIEGSA (Educational Building and Infraestructures), Generalitat Valenciana, 46018 Valencia, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3573; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133573
Received: 14 May 2019 / Revised: 20 June 2019 / Accepted: 24 June 2019 / Published: 28 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
The association between learning spaces and new pedagogical approaches is a current issue. Research shows that the classical, more silent, master class is being bypassed by student centered methods with participative classes and active methodologies. Major efforts in teacher training are taken to help teachers implement these new approaches in their lessons. The conditions of the learning space are also influential. The following question is raised: Can acoustic comfort facilitate innovation and consequently help in the progress towards SDG? We have focused on public high schools in Spain (IES), in the Valencian Community. Data has been gathered from the visit to thirty high schools. International scientific studies and valid guidelines referring to noise have been reviewed. Findings on the research conclude that acoustic comfort is essential in education and is directly related with the implementation of emerging pedagogies. Likewise, the outcomes of the investigation hope to raise awareness among authorities and civil society that improvement of sound quality in learning spaces facilitates the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDG), particularly those concerning goal 3 (health and wellbeing), goal 4 (quality education) and goal 9 (sustainable infrastructures). View Full-Text
Keywords: educational innovation; active methodologies; learning spaces; space design; acoustic comfort; sustainable development goals educational innovation; active methodologies; learning spaces; space design; acoustic comfort; sustainable development goals
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Montiel, I.; Mayoral, A.M.; Navarro Pedreño, J.; Maiques, S. Acoustic Comfort in Learning Spaces: Moving Towards Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3573. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133573

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Montiel I, Mayoral AM, Navarro Pedreño J, Maiques S. Acoustic Comfort in Learning Spaces: Moving Towards Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability. 2019; 11(13):3573. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133573

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Montiel, Isabel, Asunción M. Mayoral, Jose Navarro Pedreño, and Silvia Maiques. 2019. "Acoustic Comfort in Learning Spaces: Moving Towards Sustainable Development Goals" Sustainability 11, no. 13: 3573. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133573

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