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ERIC Number: EJ786683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
Assessing Students' Perceptions of Inappropriate and Appropriate Teacher Humor
Frymier, Ann Bainbridge; Wanzer, Melissa Bekelja; Wojtaszczyk, Ann M.
Communication Education, v57 n2 p266-288 Apr 2008
This study replicated and extended a 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 aggressiveness, and communication competence were related to how students viewed teachers' use of appropriate and inappropriate humor. Teachers' level of humor orientation, verbal aggressiveness, and nonverbal immediacy were also related to how students viewed teachers' use of humor. These results suggest that a combination of the factors examined can be used to explain differences in ratings of classroom humor appropriateness. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A