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ERIC Number: EJ775477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Student-Centered Deliberations of Ethical Care & Use of Animals
Pecore, John; Demetrikopoulos, Melissa; Frantz, Kyle
American Biology Teacher, v69 n7 p416-421 Sep 2007
Most biology teachers implement animal dissection (real or virtual) and often lead discussions on research involving animal subjects. Such activities provide excellent opportunities to explore ideas about ethical conduct in the care and use of animals. The challenge for teachers is to present information about animal care and use that enables students to contemplate what society considers ethical and lawful, and why. The purpose of the present lesson plan is to promote an understanding of ethical guidelines followed by animal researchers. High school students (or some middle school students) will be able to: (1) define the term "scientific ethics"; (2) develop their own sample codes of conduct; (3) list several benefits of animal research; (4) consider broad ethical aspects of animal care and use; and (5) participate effectively in informed discussions of scientific issues. Overall this lesson plan uses a non-threatening, constructivist approach to challenge students to examine scientific ethics regarding animal care and use. Case studies are non-threatening because there are many acceptable answers. By the end of the lesson, students apply new knowledge about federal regulatory guidelines. They also learn to participate in group discussions with open minds and to draw conclusions on the basis of consensus. (Contains 3 tables and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A