A Study of Laughter in Science Lessons

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Title A Study of Laughter in Science Lessons
Author Roth, Wolff-Michael; Ritchie, Stephen M.; Hudson, Peter; Mergard, Victoria
Journal Name Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Editor Barton, Krajcik
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract Laughter is a fundamental human phenomenon. Yet there is little educational research on the potential functions of laughter on the enacted (lived) curriculum. In this study, we identify the functions of laughter in a beginning science teacher's classroom throughout her first year of teaching. Our study shows that laughter is more than a gratuitous phenomenon. It is the result of a collective interactive achievement of the classroom participants that offsets the seriousness of science as a discipline. Laughter, whereas it challenges the seriousness of science, also includes the dialectical inversion of the challenge: it simultaneously reinforces the idea of science as serious business. Furthermore, levels of intimacy, complicity, and solidarity between the teacher and her students were reproduced and transformed through their laughter in class.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tea.20412
Volume 48
Issue Number 5
Page from 437
Page to 458
ISSN 0022-4308
Date Accessioned 2012-02-23; 2012-04-09T23:04:48Z
Date Available 2012-04-09T23:04:48Z
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44300
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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