There is a body of literature linking the use of positive humour with creating a relaxed learning environment, and increasing student motivation, attendance and engagement, as well as positive student evaluations of teacher performance.
This talk will draw on the literature on using humour in teaching courses that students perceive as ‘difficult’ in other disciplines. The benefits and pitfalls of using humour in the classroom will also be explored, and illustrations provided as to how humour might be used appropriately and effectively in teaching law and other disciplines.
Ms Kate Offer teaches Torts and Evidence in the Law School at UWA. She is co-author of Field & Offer 'Western Australian Evidence Law'. Her research focus is Evidence, Education Law and Legal Education. Kate served as a board member on the Wesley College Council from 2007 - 2015. She is a Board member and Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia.