Keeping quiet in the classroom can boost children’s exam results a researcher from Stirling University’s school of education has claimed. Silence can also improve a child’s self-esteem and cut down on bad behaviour. But perhaps the greatest result arises in the bottom line; silence in class can boost exam results.
The results compiled by Dr. Helen Lees of Sterling University implied that getting children to remain quiet allowed them to concentrate on the teaching resources before them. Importantly it also removed the element of stress associated with noisy and disruptive classes allowing the children to concentrate and experinece behavior patterns that would be beneficial in adult life. “There is no educational reason why silent practices in some way should not be an integral part of a child’s education,” said Dr Lees. “In fact, when we take various strands of research on school settings and put them together, what we see is that education without silence does not make much sense. In areas of better learning outcomes, better interpersonal relationships, better self-esteem and well-being measures, silence in a person’s life and an individual’s education is shown throughout the relevant research literature to be a benefit,” she added.
Dr Lees is due to present her research at a conference – Just This Day – at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields church on November 23.