Editorial for special issue on education and humour: Education and humour as tools for social awareness and critical consciousness in contemporary classrooms

Raul Alberto Mora, Simon Weaver, Laura Mae Lindo


This is the editorial for the Special Issue on Education and Humour, edited by Drs. Raúl A. Mora, Simon Weaver, and Laura Mae Lindo. It provides an overview of the links between education and humour as a prelude to the overview of the five articles that comprise this issue.


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Mora, R. A. (2013a). ‘The notion of second languages: Responding to today’s linguistic ecologies’. The Journal for ESL Teachers and Learners II, pp. 53–61.

Mora, R. A. (2013b). ‘Revisiting the links between education and humour’. Panel conducted at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana, 15–18 May.

Mora, R. A. (2014). ‘Counter-narrative’. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 36. Available online: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/key-concept-counter-narrative.pdf [Accessed on 28 October 2015].

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7592/EJHR2015.3.4.mora


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