Preferred Name

Mohamed Serry

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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education


Edward J. Brantmeier

Diane Foucar-Szocki

Randy Snow


This qualitative research studied the experiences of adult education practitioners from Egypt and the United States with the usage of humor. The problem was that humor is a commonly used communication and education tool, yet it is not studied enough within adult education contexts. The sample included three participants from Egypt and three from the United States. All six had adult education experiences in different contexts, including educational interventions in nonprofits, manufacturing contexts, and corporate office settings. The study aimed to determine the positive and negative results of humor on adult learners, also the practitioners' needs for a better usage of humor in the future, and their recommendations for other participants as well. Cross-cultural differences that might or might not emerge were also considered. The results showed how humor widely affects the learning experiences of adult learners, regarding the learning environment, learners’ learning abilities, learners’ interactions and impressions. Adult educators should perceive humor as a helpful tool, study their audience, and have confidence to use humor effectively. Future studies might consider interviewing a wider sample of participants, from more countries and from more adult education contexts. The field of AHRD might benefit from the results and stories of participants by having a better understanding of adult educators’ experiences, views, and perspectives about using humor in adult learning activities.



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