ERIC Number: EJ1044821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Humor in High School and the Role of Teacher Leaders in School Public Relations
Kosiczky, Bonnie; Mullen, Carol A.
Journal of School Public Relations, v34 n1 p6-39 Win 2013
How can public schools improve public relations strategies, particularly in communications between teachers and students? The purposes of this study were to investigate teacher leaders' perceptions of the use of humor in the high school classroom and discover how humor might bridge instruction to student learning and strengthen teacher-student relationships. We also sought potential connections to school public relations. Teacher leaders' humor in the classroom has not been studied at the high school level in any detail. For this qualitative case study, we researched teacher leaders' perceptions of their use of humor in classroom instruction and observed them in action with student groups and teacher colleagues. The question of what makes teachers succeed when they use humor with students was analyzed using the constructs of climate, communication, engagement, and relationships. The sample comprised nine secondary-level teacher leaders, from various subject areas in a North Carolina school. We observed these teachers' interactions in their classrooms, conducted interviews about how they perceived their use of humor, and listened to them dialogue in focus groups. It was found that humor improves instruction and supports classroom climate, teacher-student communication, and relational learning. Implications of this study are that teachers who effectively use humor are not only facilitating student engagement, but also enhancing their work in the school public relations domain by fostering a strong bond among students and adults in the academic setting and by propelling community development and renewal with such external constituents as families.
Descriptors: High Schools, Public Schools, Public Relations, Teacher Student Relationship, Humor, Teaching Methods, Teacher Leadership, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Secondary School Teachers, Classroom Observation Techniques, Interviews, Focus Groups, Instructional Improvement, Classroom Environment, Learner Engagement, Teacher Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina