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ERIC Number: EJ1092033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Fostering Kinship with Animals: Animal Portraiture in Humane Education
Kalof, Linda; Zammit-Lucia, Joe; Bell, Jessica; Granter, Gina
Environmental Education Research, v22 n2 p203-228 2016
Visual depictions of animals can alter human perceptions of, emotional responses to, and attitudes toward animals. Our study addressed the potential of a slideshow designed to activate emotional responses to animals to foster feelings of kinship with them. The personal meaning map measured changes in perceptions of animals. The participants were 51 students enrolled at a pre-university college in Montreal, Quebec. Major conceptual themes were developed based on students' responses on the PMM both pre- and post-slideshow. Ninety-two percent changed their perceptions of "Animal" after viewing the slideshow. Pre-slideshow perceptions of "Animal" were described primarily as "Pets/Symbols," "Biological/Wild Nature," "Commodity/Resource," and "Dangerous." After the show, the perceptions shifted to "Kinship" and "Sentience/Individuality," with substantial increases in the depth and emotion associated with responses. Thus, viewing animal portraiture improved feelings of kinship with animals and enhanced perceptions of animal individuality in a classroom setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)
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