ERIC Number: EJ903514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Reference Count: 0
All Joking Aside: Five Reasons to Use Humor in the Classroom
Skinner, Michael E.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n2 p19-21 Oct 2010
Humor has not always been looked on with favor in academia. For centuries, the "ideal" professor was a paragon of serious academic pursuit with no time for frivolous commentary. There was nothing funny about the rigors of learning. However, a growing body of literature is emerging that documents the potential positive effects of the systematic and spontaneous use of humor in the college classroom. Based on existing professional literature, combined with personal experience, the author describes five important reasons for integrating humor into the classroom.
Descriptors: Humor, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, Lecture Method, Learning Strategies, College Students, College Faculty, Student Motivation, Attention, Course Content
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Education Level: Higher Education
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