Profiling university students based on their acoustical and psychosocial preferences and characteristics of their home study places

Amneh Hamida*, AnneMarie Eijkelenboom, Philomena M. Bluyssen

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Abstract

Understanding students' preferences of their study place, in particular acoustical and psychosocial preferences, is important to students' health and comfort. This study aimed to identify clusters of students with similar acoustical and psychosocial preferences, and to identify reasons for certain preferences of students in each cluster. A mixed-methods approach was applied, consisting of a questionnaire, which was completed by 451 bachelor students, and a field study conducted with 23 students from the same sample. The questionnaire data included among others acoustical and psychosocial preferences scores, while the field study data comprised interview transcripts, building checklists, and sound pressure level measurements. The questionnaire data were analysed using TwoStep cluster analysis to identify clusters of students based on their acoustical and psychosocial preferences. This produced five clusters of students that significantly differed in 14 variables, including preferences and perception of indoor environmental quality (e.g., noise from outside). Then, the field study data were analysed and categorised based on the five clusters of the students. The outcome explained the aspects associated with the acoustical preferences of students in each cluster. Building-related indicators such as the location of the building were found as an aspect that could affect the student's acoustical preferences. This study provides insight into the profiles of students based on their acoustical and psychosocial preferences, which are important for their health and comfort at their study places.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111324
Number of pages15
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume253
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Funding

The authors would like to thank the 451 bachelor students of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology for completing ‘MyStudyPlace’ questionnaire and the 23 students of them who participated in the field study. Also, the authors would like to thank Er Ding, Hamza Hamida, and Mohammad B. Hamida from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology for their support during the field study.

Keywords

  • Acoustical preferences
  • TwoStep cluster analysis
  • Study places
  • Mixed methods
  • University students

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