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ERIC Number: ED508757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Developing Children's Awareness of the Human-Animal Bond: An Assessment of the Experiences and Benefits that Children Receive in the United Animal Nation's Humane Education Ambassador Readers (HEAR) Program
Stokes, Laura
Inverness Research
In 2007, the United Animal Nations (UAN) launched the Humane Education Ambassador Readers (HEAR), an innovation that focused on mitigation of animal suffering through education. In the HEAR program, adult volunteers read carefully selected story books to children in grades 3-6 in schools or other educational settings, and hold discussions with the children about the themes of the stories. The immediate aim of the HEAR program is to help children learn about pets and about pet-people relationships, and to help children develop respect, compassion, and empathy related to treatment of pets and all animals. The ultimate goal of HEAR is to contribute to animal welfare through education. This study focuses on these research questions: (1) What learning opportunities does the HEAR model afford students?; (2) What are the potential benefits of the HEAR model?; and (3) What elements of the model are most significant and promising? This report was organized into seven sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Summary Findings; (3) Design of the HEAR Program; (4) Findings: The Nature of the Student's Learning Experience; (5) Reflections on Ways to Strengthen Student's Learning Experiences; (6) Benefits of the HEAR Program; and (7) Implications of this study. (Contains 2 tables and 14 footnotes.) ["Developing Children's Awareness of the Human-Animal Bond: An Assessment of the Experiences and Benefits that Children Receive in the United Animal Nation's Humane Education Ambassador Readers (HEAR) Program" was written with Dawn Robles.]
Inverness Research. P.O. Box 313, Inverness, CA 94937. Tel: 415-669-7156; Fax: 415-669-7186; e-mail: webdev@inverness-research.org; Web site: http://www.inverness-research.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inverness Research
Identifiers - Location: California