Faculty members in a College of Education responded to a mixed methods questionnaire regarding their attitudes toward the use of humor as a pedagogical tool. Quantitative data and coding of open response questions revealed that instructors overall considered humor to be an integral part of their teaching plan and that humor relaxes students, contributes to a more enjoyable classroom climate, and helps students make content connections, in both traditional and web based classes. Despite general acceptance, the feedback suggested instructors could benefit from targeted training in how to effectively and consistently use humor as a teaching strategy, particularly in their online courses.
Huss, John A. and Eastep, Shannon
"The Attitudes of University Faculty toward Humor as a Pedagogical Tool: Can We Take a Joke?,"
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/jiae/vol8/iss1/3
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