ERIC Number: EJ719586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 53
The First Cut Is the Deepest: Reflections on the State of Animal Dissection in Biology Education
De Villiers, Rian; Monk, Martin
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v37 n5 p583-600 Sep 2005
In biology education, the study of structure has traditionally involved the use of dissection. Animal-rights campaigners have caused biology educators and learners to question the necessity of dissections. This study reviews the research evidence for the efficacy of alternatives to dissection and then turns to research evidence on attitudes to dissection. It suggests that the place, practice, and purpose of dissection in biology education can act as an indicator of the state of society in which those practices are embedded. The current situation in South Africa is reviewed to illustrate how social factors outside the laboratory influence pedagogic practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, Science Education, Animals, Laboratory Procedures, Teaching Methods, Attitudes, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa