An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)




Recently there have been discussions about the importance of incorporating humor, particularly in subjects such as mathematics, languages and more. The aim of integrating humor into the educational context stems from the need to mitigate the learning atmosphere that is seen as serious and boring, especially in special education schools. Therefore, the aim of the current research is to study the relationship between the integration of humor in teaching and learning and school culture in special education schools. Humor can have a positive impact on the school, as it stimulates students' interest and memory, and leads to interaction based on open communication, less tension and non-conflict. Humor involves intentional actions or sayings that lead to a smile or laughter of the participants in the event, and thus leads to a feeling of comfort and strength while carrying out daily tasks such as education, work and leisure activities. School culture is the set of values, ethics, behaviors and concepts that characterize the institution. Thirty female teachers studying in special education schools for students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities participated in the research through an interview, where their opinions and attitudes regarding humor and its impact on school culture in special education schools were identified by analyzing the data according to the category of qualitative research. In light of the findings of this study, we endorse the importance of combining humor with education systems. Especially the importance of integrating humor into education should be stressed on new teachers in the teaching profession, due to its contribution and effectiveness in improving school culture. The topic can also be included in preparation and teaching programs in the homes of teachers and universities, to provide appropriate and constructive ways for teachers to work in special education schools.