Humor in the ECE Classroom: A Neglected Form of Play Whose Time Has Come

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


This chapter builds the case for incorporating more humor into early childhood education (ECE). The importance of play for young children’s learning has long been recognized, but the relevance of humor (a unique form of mental play that is every child’s biological heritage) in children’s education has been neglected for just as long. ECE teachers have generally failed to take advantage of the built-in pleasure children experience in distorting their understanding of the world as a tool for supporting the education process. The positive emotion generally associated with play is emphasized here as a crucial ingredient in optimizing young children’s learning. Humor adds one more source of positive emotion to classroom learning. The varying ways in which humor supports young children’s learning and development are discussed.


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