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ERIC Number: ED315810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Humor and Critical Thinking: An Application of the Visual in Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation.
Borchardt, Donald A.
In a Development and Criticism of Broadcasting course, humorous cartoons and television commercials were used to stimulate critical thinking about course content. Students were taught to use the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to turn passive viewing or listening skills into active thinking activities. Humor adds dimension to the higher order skills in that humor in itself is critical and an integral part of the presentation. Analyzing visual examples, getting critical feedback from imaginative portrayals and exaggerations, and self-actualizing through inventive suggestions are ways to enhance active learning. There is usually an underlying serious problem to be found in humor, so that in identifying the problem, the higher order thinking skills can be put into practice. (An appendix which contains a "thinking it over" diagram is attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A