Using the major theories of humor as a point of departure, Humor in Pedagogy in Tertiary Education in the Age of COVID-19: Bosnia in Comparative Perspective argues for the expanded use of humor as pedagogy in Bosnian tertiary education, unfazed by the pandemic infections of COVID-19, with teachable lessons for other countries. It argues that the measures put in place to contain the spread of the pandemic neither foreclosed nor rendered less exigent, the drive for more quality education in Bosnia achieved through various means that include creative application of humor in tertiary education. Rather than minimize it, the era of non-classroom-based instructions ushered by COVID-19 offers an opportunity to promote intelligible learning by infusion of humor into every aspect of tertiary instruction, from course syllabus to student evaluation of faculty teaching.
Key highlights of this book include the features of Bosnian self-parody that it articulates as material for pedagogy in Bosnian tertiary classrooms, the boundaries for judicious use of humor in pedagogy that it spells out, and its formulation related to the continued value of humor in the Bosnian tertiary classroom unfazed by the public health challenges of COVID-19.
The book is designed as an innovative and less contentious contribution to the debates on educational reforms in postwar Bosnia, a contribution focused positively around the quality—and quantity—of instructions in tertiary institutions in Bosnia.
Philip C. Aka is former professor and dean of the faculty of law, International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sencer Yeralan is dean of computer organization and architecture in the School of Information Technologies and Engineering at the ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Part I: Parade of Theories on Humor
Chapter One: Classical Theories of Humor
Chapter Two: Neo-Classical Theories of Humor
Part II: Application of the Theories to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chapter Three: Features of Bosnian Self-Parody
Chapter Four: Boundary Matters: Toward Judicious Application of Humor in Tertiary Education
Chapter Five: Humor in Pedagogy in Bosnia’s Tertiary Classroom in the Age of COVID-19
Chapter Six: Conclusion and Prospects for the Future
About the Authors
Humor in Pedagogy in Tertiary Education in the Age of COVID-19: Bosnia in Comparative Perspective makes an immensely important contribution to the literature on humor in pedagogy in a time of pandemic, with instructive lessons for many countries, within and outside the Baltic region. The work will appeal to several audiences in Bosnia and beyond, including academicians, researchers, university administrators, policymakers, donors in Europe and the United States, and general readers interested in educational reform in Bosnia.