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Frequent] y, responses from student surveys identify "has a sense of humor" among the characteristics of a good teacher. Unfortunately, this is not a quality that is emphasized in teacher education programs so apparently it is not deemed worthy of consideration by teacher educators. Yet, the thought of humor in the classroom does have a certain appeal and possibly raises a few questions. What purpose can a teacher's sense of humor serve for a student? Does educational research indicate any cause and effect relationship between humor and cognitive development? How does humor affect the thinking processes? If the theory of brain laterality is accepted as fact, can humor serve as an exercise to encourage interaction between the differentiated right and left cerebral hemispheres? How does the use of humor affect the classroom climate?

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Mary Nan Aldridge


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