The Impact of a Planned Humour Pedagogical Approach on Student Engagement and Learning in Higher Education

Alex Chun Koon, Sing Bik Cindy Ngai, Rita Gill Singh, J.W.Y. Ho, M.L. Khong, E. Chan

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Abstract

Humour has been regarded as a characteristic of many successful teachers. Yet not every teacher is naturally humorous, and not every humorous teacher can increase student engagement consistently. To overcome these challenges, we incorporated a planned humour pedagogical approach into teaching and learning and investigated the effect of such planned humour on student engagement and learning. Underpinned by the classical cognitivism learning theory, our study standardised the types of humour, incorporation methods and incorporation frequency into lectures/lessons to consistently generate positive outcomes that are predictable and replicable. Specifically, we conducted a pilot study by systematically incorporating humour contents into the PowerPoint lectures of six undergraduate biomedical courses in one of the flagship universities in Hong Kong, and evaluated student-perceived levels of engagement, learning and stress relief via questionnaires and interviews. Our study found that the planned humour approach promoted student engagement, enhanced learning, and relieved stress. Our findings also indicate that the planned humour pedagogical approach can consistently improve in-class behaviors such as participation, and may enhance students’ motivation and understanding of the course materials in a sustainable manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICERI2023 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication16th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation Seville, Spain. 13-15 November, 2023.
EditorsLuis Gómez Chova, Chelo González Martínez, Joanna Lees
PublisherIATED
Pages4388
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-09-55942-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2023
Event16th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation - Seville, Seville, Spain
Duration: 13 Nov 202315 Nov 2023
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Conference

Conference16th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Abbreviated titleICERI
Country/TerritorySpain
CitySeville
Period13/11/2315/11/23
Internet address

Keywords

  • Humour
  • cognitivism
  • higher educatio

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