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ERIC Number: ED470407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 18
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Humor in Educational Contexts.
Gurtler, Leo
Humor can be a crucial factor of learning environments and of communication. Recent investigations of humor in educational settings mostly focus on learning performance. This paper shifts the attention to the enhancement of social climate through humor. Humor can be an element to solve critical social situations. To develop humor, it is necessary to explore personal mental models associated with humor in advance. Therefore, a framework model is presented with its elements: action theory, humanistic psychology and Vipassana meditation technique to give guidance in the development of the preconditions of humor. Additionally, the investigation of humor has to integrate subjective perspectives of research objects. Contemporary research on humor is criticized to lack that issue and to work with a definition of humor that is not empirically based on the research context. This leads to a discussion of the kind of methods that are mostly used in humor research. Preliminary results coming from two studies on subjective theories of humor will be presented that emphasize the need to integrate personal opinions and to use qualitative approaches on such research questions. (Contains 62 references.) (Author/GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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