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Testing and Evaluation

  • By: Robert F. McMorris & Zachary B. Warner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

The title of this entry has multiple interpretations, each carrying some truth. Indeed, using testing and humor in the same sentence sounds to many people like an oxymoron. Some might argue that the use of humor on a test can contaminate, or interfere with, what the test is intended to measure because some test takers won't understand the humor. Yet humor can reduce anxiety, thereby reducing another testing contaminant. Claims made for humor used in testing and evaluation include that humor encourages the participants to appreciate and extend the content on which they are being tested, and that it improves test performance by raising self-esteem and reducing anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness. It also is said to improve the test takers' perception of the ...

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