ERIC Number: ED412066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Objecting To Dissection: A College Student's Handbook.
National Anti-Vivisection Society, Chicago, IL.
In a number of states, students from kindergarten through high school have won the right to refuse to dissect or kill animals and the right to substitute an alternative project. This booklet was designed to help college science students take an ethical stand by refusing to participate in dissection exercises. The booklet begins with an overview of the issue of dissection in the classroom. Guidelines to consider when raising objections to professors include voicing objections early, being calm, and suggesting alternatives. Suggestions are also given for writing letters to formally explain personal beliefs. Sample arguments in favor of dissection are followed by appropriate responses for objecting students. Several experiences of students who stood up for their beliefs are shared. Suggested alternative teaching materials include anatomical models, videotapes and slides, charts and transparencies, computer programs, and non-animal projects. The material descriptions list the names of the companies or other sources where educational materials can be obtained. Resource lists contain reference books, laboratory manuals, advanced coloring books, associations, and companies that provide alternative resources to dissection. Suggestions are offered for pursuing animal advocacy to a greater degree. (PVD)
Descriptors: Anatomy, College Science, Dissection, Ethics, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Laboratory Animals, Laboratory Procedures, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Student Attitudes, Values, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology
National Anti-Vivisection Society, 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1552, Chicago, IL 60604 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Anti-Vivisection Society, Chicago, IL.