Research on Young Children’s Humor

Theoretical and Practical Implications for Early Childhood Education

  • Eleni Loizou
  • Susan L.  Recchia

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Eleni Loizou, Susan L. Recchia
    Pages 1-8
  3. Development and Learning

  4. Teaching and Classroom Experiences

  5. Other Perspectives and Contexts

About this book


This book provides a wide spectrum of research on young children’s humor and illuminates the depth and complexity of humor development in children from birth through age 8 and beyond. It highlights the work of pioneers in young children’s humor research including Paul McGhee, Doris Bergen, and Vasu Reddy. Presenting a variety of new perspectives, the book examines such issues as play, humor, laughing and pleasure within the context of learning and development. It looks at humor, wordplay and cartoons that can be used as educational tools in the classroom. Finally, it provides explorations of humor within a cultural and spiritual context. The book presents diverse and creative methods to study humor and provides practical implications for adults working with children. The book offers a powerful springboard for moving research and practice toward a deeper understanding of young children’s humor as an integral and meaningful component of early development and learning. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eleni Loizou
    • 1
  • Susan L.  Recchia
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and TeachingTeachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15201-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15202-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2543-0610
  • Series Online ISSN 2543-0629
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