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Pedagogy

  • By: Randy Garner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Pedagogy is the art and science of education and teaching. It is a term that can also be used as a reference to certain instructional strategies or approaches. This entry discusses the research on the use of humor in teaching and its effects on students and teachers, with a focus on the most effective ways for teachers to use humor.

A number of studies have shown positive benefits in using humor as a teaching supplement or tool. The pedagogical use of humor has been shown to have both psychological and physiological effects on learners. Psychologically, humor has been shown to reduce anxiety, decrease stress, enhance self-esteem, and increase self-motivation. Each of these effects can be beneficial in the learning process by creating a more positive social ...

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