Harmony or Attack : the Function of Student Humor at Lower Secondary Schools

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Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source New Educational Review
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web http://www.educationalrev.us.edu.pl/volume39.htm
Field Pedagogy and education
Keywords humor; school; teacher-student relationships
Description This paper addresses the phenomenon of school humor, focusing on the question of how it contributes to shaping teacher-student relationships. Based on an analysis of texts written by lower secondary school students, the paper shows that humor at school serves contradictory functions, such as harmonizing teacher student relationships on the one hand, and enabling power negotiation aimed at gaining superiority on the other. Analysis of narrative data has identified a specific phenomenon of festive humor. Within its frame, teacher-student relationships nearly always tend to be harmonized.
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