Mordechai GordonMordechai Gordon
Professor of education
School of Education

Using Humorous Video Clips to Enhance Students' Understanding, Engagement and Critical Thinking
This project examined the results of my attempt to use humorous video clips in a "Philosophy of Humor and Laughter" course taught in the Fall of 2010 and 2011. The regular display of these clips was designed to enhance my students' understanding of the central concepts of the course, participation in class discussions and to encourage them to think more critically and creatively. The results of a survey I administered at the end of the semester suggested that there was a positive correlation between the use of the humorous clips and my students' understanding of the content, engagement in the lessons and ability to think critically. Both the quantitative and qualitative results of the survey as well as my own reflections on this course indicated that watching and analyzing the humorous clips provided the students with a very valuable perspective that illuminated the ideas that we read. Reflection on the results of this course suggests also that a course on the philosophy of humor and laughter can be very valuable to help students think philosophically and appreciate the value of philosophy for their lives.

Conference Presentations

  • Gordon, M. 2011. Using Humorous Video Clips to Enhance Students' Understanding, Engagement and Critical Thinking. The Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March, 2011.
  • Gordon, M. 2011. Using Humorous Video Clips to Enhance Students' Understanding, Engagement and Critical Thinking. International Society for Humor Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, July, 2011.

Publications

  • Gordon, M. 2012.  Using Humorous Video Clips to Enhance Students' Understanding, Engagement and Critical Thinking, submitted in March, 2012 to the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

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