Nature sounds in the classroom: analysis of its effects on student stress level, attention and on-task behavior
This investigation seeks a way to increase student attention and on-task behavior and decrease student stress in the classroom with minimal change to the content and management of the classroom. The literature reviewed explains the positive effects that have been found with classical background music and exposure to the outside natural environment. This investigation attempted to blend the two areas of study by examining the effect playing nature sounds in the classroom would have on students' heart rate difference during class, the amount of behavior points given by the teacher to each student, and self-reported surveys completed by the students. The results yield no conclusive results, however there is discussion as to the modifications that should be made to the investigation that could lead to more definitive results.
Melgaard, Katherine Ann, "Nature sounds in the classroom: analysis of its effects on student stress level, attention and on-task behavior" (2011). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 1049.
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