Pre-service Mathematics Teachers' Attitude towards Integrating Humor in Math Lessons
Thursday, June 28 3:30-3:50 PM Location: Vondelpark
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present a study which investigates the attitudes of elementary mathematics pre-service teachers toward integration elements of humor in math teaching. Mathematics and humor are not perceived as being in line with each other. Humor brings about a more pleasant atmosphere in class, reduces anxieties and can promote motivation and interest in the teaching of mathematics as well as creativity. A sample of 32 pre-service teachers preparing to teach mathematics at elementary school answered a questionnaire which relates to integrating humor in math class. An important conclusion to be drawn from the findings of this is the positive attitudes of the pre-service teachers regarding the integration of humor in teaching mathematics, and to strengthen the need for this in the process of training.