During a series of teaching observations of one teacher I noted he often used humourous anecdotes especially as brain breaks. As part of my Cert Ed writings I am searching for any theorists who believes humour can be an effective part of learning. Any helpful suggestions out there would be most welcome.

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Comment by Theresa Young on January 21, 2013 at 3:56am

Hi Roland

I don't know what the theorists would say on the topic! Using humour can help to create a relaxed learning environment with the teacher building a rapport with the students. I am thinking - humanist theories, Maslow perhaps - students only learn when they feel comfortable and at ease in the class perhaps? I guess the 'humour' has to be sensitive to the dynamics of the group so as not to offend any student.

I wonder if one of DeBono's hats might fit the bill too?


Comment by Keeley Knowles on January 21, 2013 at 9:16am


Yeah, I'm with Theresa on this. The humanists more than likely but I don't know one specifically. Ken Robinson? If there isn't one, we should collaborate - 'Baggott et al, 2014' - and write one! Actually, I'm not joking. Shall we?


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