Humor in Pedagogy: How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha!
- humor can be an effective tool to make a class more enjoyable, reduce anxiety, and improve the learning setting
- positive effect on student enjoyment and content retention.
- The use of appropriate humor can facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere and provide a cognitive break that allows the student to assimilate the information
The Role of the Comedian in Society is to educate of problems through the use of humor. This has been shown to have a positive response if done correctly. According to this academic study a joke that is topic related can improve people’s ability to recall a subject by 11%. So just by saying something funny and related you can educate 11 out of 100 people statistically speaking. In-fact humor improves more than just test scores according to L. Garner (author of article) “Humor can be an effective tool to make a class more enjoyable, reduce anxiety, and improve the learning setting. “So, without using any resources just by occasionally saying something funny can reduce anxiety, improve learning, and make a positive effect on student enjoyment and content retention. They theorize that the use of appropriate humor can facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere and provide a cognitive break that allows the student to assimilate the information. When they performed the study, they used statistics course because of how dull the students considered the original material. So needless to say, we could be looking at even higher success rates in other topics.
In the future, Role of the Comedian will most likely be the same. However instead talking about a social problem in satirical ways, we may find that the line between the education field and comedic entertainment may start to haze together. As schools and university may require that teachers have a minimum number of jokes per course unit, in order to maximize education. It may not be something that would happen in a year or two but if we’re a society built on education then it is only logical that we would take advantage of a natural phenomenon. Computers where originally considered unsuitable for control systems that influence life, now we build life support machines dependent on them. It would be as simple as changing collage requirements to be a teacher to having some comedy courses instead of more electives.