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A study of laughter in science lessons

Roth, Wolff-Michael, Ritchie, Stephen M., Hudson, Peter B., & Mergard, Victoria (2011) A study of laughter in science lessons. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48(5), pp. 437-458.

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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.

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ID Code: 41953
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: laughter, social interaction, IRE, etnomethodology, conversation analysis
DOI: 10.1002/tea.20412
ISSN: 0022-4308
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2011 07:57
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 14:13

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