It’s a Bit Inappropriate: UK Students’ Negative Perceptions of Using Humor in Teaching Politics
By Alexander P. Martin, Mediterranean Institute of Technology, South Mediterranean University, Tunis, Tunisia
The benefits of using humor in teaching have been well-documented in pedagogy literature across various academic disciplines. In addition, political commentary has a long history of applying comedy techniques, such as mockery and satire, to provide more critical analysis. This suggests that humor can also be an effective tool for teaching politics. Furthermore, as political comedy is an internationally popular comedy sub-genre, the use of humor in teaching politics at university level could equally appeal to international students.
Although existing educational literature supports the social and pedagogical potential of using humor in teaching, the research also consistently highlights the risks of this didactic approach, especially when poorly executed.
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