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Keywords

Humor in children; Wit and humor in education;

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore and review the literature on humor, particularly as it relates to interactions with children. Often adults, whether they are parents or teachers, devalue the use of humor in dealing with children. Research supports that humor is a beneficial component of social interactions, especially with children. Studies have shown that children are receptive to humor beginning at very young ages, and that their sense of humor is developed and finely tuned as they mature. Findings show that by using humor in social situations, stress levels can be de-escalated, defensive reactions are reduced--which in tum helps curtail acting-out behaviors in the classroom, personal interactions become more prevalent, and positive cognitive learning takes place. In conclusion, humor can be beneficial in interacting with children. Humor helps to foster their self-esteem, enhance cognitive learning, and develop problem-solving skills.

Year of Submission

2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk

Second Advisor

Ralph Scott

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Date Original

2002

Object Description

1 PDF file (66 leaves)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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