MQ Reading Clinic: Noise in classrooms

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Macquarie University Reading Clinic Professional Development Workshops



Guest Presenter: Dr Kiri Mealings

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Date: Monday 30th July 2018

Location: MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

Cost: $500 per person (10% discount when enrolled in two workshops)

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please email with any dietary requirements

Course Materials: A course workbook including all materials will be provided on the day.

Description of Workshop:

Guest presenter Dr Kiri Mealings will present a one-day workshop on how the acoustics of classrooms and open plan innovative learning spaces affect primary school children’s speech perception abilities.


About Speaker:

Dr Kiri Mealings graduated from her PhD in Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2017 for a thesis entitled “An investigation into how the acoustics of open plan and enclosed classrooms affect speech perception for Kindergarten children”. Kiri’s earlier studies include an Associate Diploma in Music Australia (Flute) in 2008 through the Australian Music Examinations Board, a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) in 2011 at Macquarie University, and First Class Honours in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2012, also at Macquarie University. Kiri is currently working as a postdoctoral research scientist on the auditory processing disorders team at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney.

About the workshop:

This workshop has three main parts:
Part 1 Introduction to classroom acoustics and speech intelligibility, and the effect of noise on children and teachers
Part 2 Introduction to open plan classrooms/innovative learning environments
Description of four case study classrooms found in Sydney (including how the acoustics of the classrooms affect 5- to 6-year-old children’s ability to hear their teacher’s speech, and how the teachers perceive these classrooms in relation to noise, ease of speech communication, and vocal health)
Part 3 Group activity – identifying the weaknesses and strengths of your own classrooms, and discussion on how the environments can be improved
Practical activity on how to measure noise and reverberation in the classroom

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, attendees should be able to:

Better understand how noise affects children and teachers
Understand the pros and cons of innovative learning environments
Know how to measure and monitor noise levels in the classroom
Understand how to design and work in classrooms so as to minimise noise levels/reverberation, and make them conducive environments for children’s learning
Who should/should not attend? Any prerequisites, assumed/required knowledge:
This workshop will be useful for people who work in primary school classrooms; for example, teachers, principals, special education teachers, itinerant teachers of the deaf, audiologists, speech pathologists, classroom designers, parents. No previous knowledge on acoustics is needed.

Preparation before the workshop:

Prior to the workshop, attendees are encouraged to send in a floor plan of the classroom they work in for the group activity. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their iPad (if they own one) for the practical activity.

Getting There:

MGSM’s Macquarie Park Executive Centre is just 15kms from Sydney’s CBD and is easily accessible by car and public transport. Secure on-site parking available free of charge for attendees.

By car: The Macquarie Park Executive Centre is an easy, 20 minute drive from Sydney’s CBD and approximately a 35-minute drive from Sydney’s Domestic and International Airport. On-site parking is free of charge for MGSM Executive Accommodation and conference centre guests (conditions apply).

By train: Macquarie University train station is just a few minutes’ walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre. Trains to Sydney’s CBD (and Epping line) depart every few minutes. Macquarie University to Sydney’s CBD takes approximately 25 minutes and approximately 4 minutes to Epping.

By bus: Buses arrive and depart just a few minutes’ walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre and travel to and from many Sydney Metropolitan areas, including the City, Hills District, North Shore, Chatswood, Manly, the Ryde and Carlingford areas, and the Western Suburbs.

More details on how to get there:

Cancellation Policy:

1. If a registrant cancels before the registration deadline of 1 week before the workshop, 80% of the fee will be refunded. The remaining 20% will be kept as an administration fee.
2. No refund is available after the registration deadline. However, another person may attend in your absence. At the discretion of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, an 80% refund may be offered on production of a medical certificate.


Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Enrol in two workshops and receive 10% off the total price! Students must enrol in two workshops at the same time for the discount to be applied.

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