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ERIC Number: EJ908233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
A Review of Humor in Educational Settings: Four Decades of Research
Banas, John A.; Dunbar, Norah; Rodriguez, Dariela; Liu, Shr-Jie
Communication Education, v60 n1 p115-144 Jan 2011
The primary goal of this project is to provide a summary of extant research regarding humor in the classroom, with an emphasis on identifying and explaining inconsistencies in research findings and offering new directions for future studies in this area. First, the definitions, functions, and main theories of humor are reviewed. Next, the paper explains types of humorous instructional communication. Third, the empirical findings of both the source and receiver perspectives are reviewed. Finally, this paper concludes with advice for educators and suggests potential future research directions for scholars. (Contains 2 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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