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ERIC Number: ED513370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 96
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-7413-4
The Use of Humor as a Teaching Strategy in Nursing Education
Lukehart, Dennis E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this research study was to determine the use of humor as a teaching strategy among a sample of nurse educators employed by community colleges and universities in Northern and Central California nursing programs. The study also identified the types of humor used, how humor is used in the classroom, and nurse educators' perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of the use of humor. Humor as an effective teaching strategy for lowering college students' stress levels, and increasing positive learning outcomes has been well documented in the general education literature; however, very few studies exist that examined the use of humor by nurse educators. This investigation collected and analyzed data which described nurse educators' use of humor as a teaching strategy. Findings of the study indicated that all participants used at least one type of humor in the nursing classroom. The study revealed that the nursing instructors' use of humor appeared to reduce student anxiety and stress in the nursing classroom thus likely enhancing student learning, retention, and student-teacher relationships. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California