ERIC Number: ED463537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
The Use of Humor in Vocabulary Instruction.
In attempting to assess the effects of humor on vocabulary instruction, an intervention strategy was implemented which sought to compare the results of such instruction with those produced from vocabulary instruction delivered in a traditional, non-humorous vein. To this end, the intervention proceeded thus: an experimental group of seventh-grade students was the recipient of a series of lessons for vocabulary words for which humorous contexts were provided. By contrast, a series of vocabulary lessons, for the same words, was concurrently delivered to a control group in which the contexts given were typical of those found in a standard textbook. Following each lesson, identical assessment tests were administered to each group. An examination of test scores revealed that those students in the experimental group scored significantly higher than did their control group counterparts. (Contains 33 references. Appendixes contain vocabulary reviews and tests.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Thesis, Kean University.