Relationships of Humor, Creativity, and Teaching Effectiveness on Physical Education Teachers

Chienchih Chou, Taipei Physical Education College, Taiwan

Theme: Teaching sport and exercise psychology

Poster Number: 143

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


The use of humor and creativity has been linked to effective teaching for physical education in several studies, although the research has been equivocal. The various types of humor and creativity used by physical education teachers have also been investigated but not in terms of what they view as appropriate and inappropriate uses of humor and creativity in teaching physical education. Therefore, this study examined the directional model of humor, creativity, and teaching effectiveness for physical education teachers. In addition, the study investigated the effects of humor and creativity on teaching effectiveness. The participants were 289 physical education teachers from elementary school level to college level, completing the Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale, the Creative Thinking Test, Physical Education Teaching Effectiveness Scale. The results from the structural equation modeling indicated: 1). the theoretical model constructed in this study was verified, and goodness-of-fit of the entire model was acceptable. 2). humor and creative thinking had direct and positive effect toward teaching effectiveness for physical education teachers. 3.) there was a significant correlation between humor and creativity. The hypotheses of this study were confirmed by the analysis except the positive effect of humor on teaching effectiveness. Finally, based on the conclusions, some suggestions for physical education teachers and further study were provided.

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