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Defense keynote

  1. 1. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Hippocampus:The Effects of Humor on Student Achievement and Memory Retention Melissa McCartney Arizona State University
  2. 2. Purpose of Study to examine the effects of humor- embedded instruction on studentachievement and memory retention
  3. 3. PopulationDemographics2 campuses, 450 students97% male22-30 years old12:1 student to teacher ratio5.3% loan default rate
  4. 4. Modifications as a result of PilotAssessment FormatTreatment DesignInterview Questions
  5. 5. Treatment
  6. 6. Research and Analysis Design
  7. 7. Questions and Results
  8. 8. Question #1Will students who receive humor-embedded instruction achieve higher gain scores on post-tests than students who do not receive humor-embedded instruction? No, the non-humor group scores were statistically insignificant, yet slightly higher. However, both groups showed significant increase in scores from pretest.
  9. 9. Question #1Will students who receive humor-embedded instruction achieve higher gain scores on post-tests than students who do not receive humor-embedded instruction? No, the non-humor group scores were statistically insignificant, yet slightly higher. However, both groups showed significant increase in scores from pretest.
  10. 10. Question #2 How will students who received humor-embedded instruction score on post-tests thatindicate memory retention compared to students who did not receive humor-embedded instruction? Students who received humor-embedded instruction showed higher gain scores that students who did not receive the humor-embedded instruction indicating more content retention.
  11. 11. Humor groupshows better long- term retention
  12. 12. Question #3 What do students self-report concerning humor, achievement, and memory retention on open-ended interview questions?Humor triggers memoryCalming and livelyStrong association with theteacherInteresting and engaginginstruction
  13. 13. Qualitative data validates prior research in the areas of:NeuroscienceCognitive and humordevelopmentSocial development & CommunityBest Practices
  14. 14. Design ChallengesNumber of questions on testsPretest instructionsPowerful teaching techniques
  15. 15. ImplicationsFuture Research Humor in Practice Humor & Leadership Gender Teacher training Paradigm Shift Socioeconomic groups Online Learning Course Economical Evaluations
  16. 16. SummaryHumor-embedded instruction has similar results asinstruction that uses traditional best practices, buthas the additional social, cognitive, physical andemotional benefits.

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