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ERIC Number: ED499080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-22
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 53
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Assessing Student Perceptions of Inappropriate and Appropriate Teacher Humor
Frymier, Ann Bainbridge; Wanzer, Melissa Bekelja; Wojtaszczyk, Ann M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (Chicago, IL, Nov 2007)
This study replicated and extended Wanzer, Frymier, Wojtaszczyk, and Smith's (2006) preliminary typology of appropriate and inappropriate teacher humor and advanced three explanations for differences in interpretations of teacher humor. Students were more likely to view teacher humor as inappropriate when it was perceived as offensive and when it demeaned students as a group or individually. Student humor orientation, verbal aggression, and communication competence were related to how students viewed teachers' use of appropriate and inappropriate humor. Teachers' level of humor orientation, verbal aggression, nonverbal immediacy, and communication competence were also related to how students viewed teachers' use of humor. The results suggest that a combination of the factors examined can be used to explain differences in classroom humor appropriateness ratings. (Contains 5 tables and 1 endnote.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A