As the Noise Decreases, Success Increases

The TÜBİTAK project aimed at preventing the noise pollution that Uludağ University started in some schools in Bursa three years ago has significantly increased the success of the students.

The project named "Noise Pollution in Schools: Causes, Effects and Control" is carried out by Uludağ University Education Faculty and aims to increase the success by reducing noise pollution in elementary and secondary schools.

Faculty of Education Instructor Assoc. Prof. Mızrap Bulunuz said that the project that they started to draw attention to the noise in the schools in Bursa three years ago was applied successfully in more schools this year.

Assoc. Prof. Mızrap Bulunuz drew attention to the fact that there are 35 critical adverse effects other than the damage caused by noise pollution to hearing. Distractibility, the extension of the students’ learning time, the difficulty of understanding the reading, the weakening of the thinking power and the reduction of problem solving skills are some of the effects.

Assoc. Prof. Mızrap Bulunuz said "When we compare the 2016 and 2017 TEOG achievements, it is seen that in project school Dilek Ozer Secondary School has 10.16 percent in success; Sadettin Türkün Secondary School also has 10.06 percent increase. Reducing the noise has positively reflected academic achievement. "


In the schools where the project was conducted, the number and the decibel of the rings were shortened by replacing the melodious ringing tones with "ding-dong" voice. Later on, some applications were done for the students to be aware of the noise and increase their sensitivity. In this frame, specially designed posters were hung in the entrance and corridors of the school. Within the lessons such as science, mathematics, Turkish, painting, the topic of noise has been made suitable for the lesson. Animation cartoons and power point presentations were shown. At the end of the semester, students were asked to write pictures about noise pollution.