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ERIC Number: ED427377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
"Make'em Laugh and They Will Learn": A Closer Look at the Relationship between Perceptions of Instructors' Humor Orientation and Student Learning.
Frymier, Ann Bainbridge; Wanzer, Melissa Bekelja
The use of humor in the classroom has been investigated using a variety of humor operationalizations and methodologies with mixed results. The present study examined the role of teacher humor orientation (HO) rather than specific humorous behaviors. The relationship between teacher humor orientation and learning was the focus of this study. Subjects, 314 students enrolled in one of two introductory communication courses at a mid-sized Midwestern university, completed a variety of measures regarding the instructor of their class immediately before their communication class. Results indicated that a high humor orientation was associated with increased student learning. Teacher humor orientation was also examined in relation to nonverbal immediacy and sociocommunicative style. Additionally, the interaction between teacher humor orientation and student humor orientation on learning was examined. It was found that high HO students learned more with a high HO teacher. Contains 60 references, a figure, and 3 tables of data. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A