Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Humor in children; Wit and humor in education;
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
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Radhi H. Al-Mabuk
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©2002 Carol J. Aswegen Thornhill
Aswegaen Thornhill, Carol J., "Literature review : using humor with children" (2002). Graduate Research Papers. 1622.