HUMOR IN THE CLASSROOM
Universidad Miguel Hernandez (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The use of humor in our society has received widespread attention. Numerous experts, most notably outside of education, have espoused the use of humor in their fields for various physiological and psychological benefits that are believed to be associated with laughter and/or humor. This just might be a good time to take a look at the importance of humor in the classroom. Humor is one of the most underrated methods to help students learn.
Humor has a place in today’s college classroom. It has a place in pedagogy, as it aids in student learning. That is, it aids in student learning when it’s authentic, not contrived, not forced. Humor can help students relax in a classroom setting, particularly if they are fearful or insecure in their ability to master the material of a course. Learning is stronger and more efficient when the process is fun and engaging. Even though learning is serious and challenging, humor can make the process easier, more efficient, enjoyable, and more memorable. Some of these physiological benefits include muscle relaxation, stimulated circulation, improved respiration, and exercise of the longs and chest muscles, increased production of the endorphins, as well as lowered pulse rate and blood pressure.
Our docent team has evaluated the effect of some cartoons and jokes related with the subjects on the students. Students were encouraged to answer a satisfaction test and they comment the utility of the humor strategies. Routinely evaluation of the subject was compared with the results obtained in other courses and with the results obtained in other similar subjects the same course with the same students.
Keywords: Humor, learning tools.