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ERIC Number: EJ1055375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2146-0329
Safely Caring for Animals during Inquiry Investigations: Exploring Microecosystems
Marek, Edmund A.; Parker, Chad A.
International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education, v1 n1 p81-84 Sep 2010
"Science is a process of discovering and exploring the natural world. Exploration occurs in the classroom, laboratory or in the field. As part of your science class, you will be doing many activities and investigations that will involve the use of various materials, equipment, and chemicals…" (NSTA, 2010). Safety is always of utmost importance in an inquiry based science program and special safety rules and cautions apply when students keep and use animals in their classes. The legalities of displaying and keeping animals in the classroom are extremely important to teachers, administrators, parents, and the school district. In addition to safety considerations for all involved, laws exist that are designed to protect animals. Students can learn a great deal working directly with animals but their investigations must be done safely and humanely. The investigation described in this article includes the use of animals and identifies places where safety guidelines apply.
International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education. Aksaray Universitesi, Egitim Fakultesi, Ilkogretim Bolumu, Kampus, Aksaray 68100, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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