ERIC Number: ED423113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Animal Dissection. [Fact Sheet and Resource List Information Packet from the Humane Society of the United States].
Killing animals for classroom dissection causes animal suffering, cheapens the value of life, and depletes wild animal populations, yet it remains commonplace. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) addresses the issue in this information packet which includes a fact sheet and three resource lists "on Dissection." The fact sheet discusses the numbers of animals killed for dissection in schools, kinds of animals used, sources of animals, industry methods, lack of industry oversight, student feelings, legislation, available alternatives, educational pros and cons, and suggestions for student action. An annotated list of studies on attitudes toward dissection includes 13 studies of student attitudes from elementary school through medical school. A second annotated bibliography addresses comparative studies of dissection and other animal uses in education. These studies include comparisons of student performance between groups performing dissection and those learning using models, computer simulation, lecture, or sequential slides. The studies also review field-based animal research as opposed to laboratory-based studies of animal behavior. The Humane Society has an Alternatives Loan Program for materials that include CD-ROMs, videotapes, models, charts, computer diskettes, and slides which are labeled according to recommended educational level. Prices of loan materials are compared with costs of dissection as a point of reference. (PVD)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Demonstrations (Science), Dissection, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interactive Video, Laboratory Animals, Laboratory Procedures, Multimedia Materials, Optical Data Disks, Science Education, Simulation, Student Attitudes
Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC.