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ERIC Number: ED434328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 48
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Knowledge through Humor: An Original Approach for Teaching Developmental Readers.
Guthrie, Phyllis
This paper suggests that developmental reading teachers could benefit from a little laughter or a little humor in their courses, since they teach subject matter no one wants to hear or read about to students who resent being placed in the classes, and they must do this well enough so that their students will pass a test they have already failed once. The paper elaborates on some of the ways that humor can be used systematically by most college instructors. It presents a compilation of several studies and informal research to determine exactly what separates good students from poor ones in the area of reading and offers a synopsis of a comparison of two at-risk entering freshmen to point out that goals and attitudes seem to make the most difference between college success and failure. The paper then advances the thesis that cartoons have several distinct advantages for instructional purposes even beyond the opportunity to provide background information, and it provides a rationale and detailed examples of the use of cartoons. (Contains 5 notes, 28 references, a sample unit, and 2 sample background assessment instruments.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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