ERIC Number: ED339050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
They're a Hard Act to Follow: Four Professors Who Make Them Laugh in Liberal Arts.
Blue, Thomas R.; And Others
Four teachers at Fort Lewis College, Colorado, use humor to send messages which "leap frog" resistance to the new and different, and go directly to the preconscious. The power in these humorous conceptual leaps is that the entering information sticks to the anger and passions of the human psyche, thus fostering retention. Linda Mack, a music teacher and director of numerous choral ensembles, feels humor is important to keep the attention of her students, and to create good frames of mind. Reg Graham, a retiring marketing professor, uses humor to help students learn. Janet Jones, a new psychology professor, incorporates humor in an impromptu, spontaneous lecture manner. For history professor Duane Smith, humor enters his lectures as it comes and when it comes. For these professors, humor helps students learn. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fort Lewis College CO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991).