Noise Map of My School: A Case Study.

Alp G., Bulunuz N., Coşkun Onan B., Bulunuz M.

UludağÜniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi, vol.32, no.2, pp.379-402, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Noise - sound waves with high energy - is a significant element influencing the school climate today. The research took place in two primary schools in Bursa in the 2016-2017 academic year. Pre-service teachers were instructed about the process, who conducted the “Noise Map” activity with 4th-grade students in primary schools. The purpose is to describe the condition regarding noise by students, teachers and pre-service teachers through their experiences and views. Data collection tools consisted of participant journals, observation forms, teacher and student interview forms and noise maps. Case study and ‘holistic single-unit design’ were used as qualitative research methods. The 7E Model, a constructivist education approach, was used to analyse the data descriptively. Findings show that teachers, students and pre-service teachers developed an awareness of noise, gave suggestions to prevent it and experienced a scientific study. One remarkable result of the study is that due to the activity, students learned to associate noise with other disciplines and daily life. The scope of the activity can be extended to include research out of class, and learning with social experiments. Awareness can be transformed into permanent behaviour through periodic repetition and diversifying materials.