ERIC Number: ED374101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reducing Stress and Tension in the Classroom through the Use of Humor.
Rainsberger, Corey D.
The purpose of this paper was threefold: (1) to review the literature; (2) to determine the effects of the use of humor upon stress within the classroom; and (3) to examine the extent to which students and teachers use humor as a coping mechanism to deal with stressful school situations. It was hypothesized that humor in the classroom is effective in reducing the stress and tension of both teachers and students and is, therefore, an important classroom management technique. Two groups of subjects participated in the study. One group was composed of 9- to 11-year-old students (N=98). Twenty-three fifth- and sixth-grade teachers comprised the second group. All subjects completed an adapted version of Martin & Lefcourt's (1983) Coping Humor Scale, a survey concerning the use of humor in coping with stressful school situations. According to the data analysis, results supported the hypothesis for both groups. However, a slightly greater use of humor as a coping mechanism was reported by teachers. A developmental sequence of humor behavior and a copy of the survey instrument are appended. Six tables depict the number and percentage of students/teachers who selected each response, the number and percentages of combined subjects who selected each response, and the total percentage of teachers versus students who selected each response. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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