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Enhancing learning through the use of animals in undergraduate biology teaching: the student voice

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Edwards, A and Jones, SM and Bird, F and Parry, L, Enhancing learning through the use of animals in undergraduate biology teaching: the student voice, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22, (2) pp. 35-54. ISSN 2200-4270 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The way in which society views the use of animals in university learning and teaching has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. A review of the literature shows that teaching academics who support the use of animals in learning and teaching counter arguments for effective alternative teaching strategies on the basis that in some situations there are no alternatives that provide students with the same skills and experiences. Debate by teachers and animal welfare advocates about the pros and cons of using animals in learning and teaching is widespread in the published literature, nationally and internationally, but rarely gives the students a voice. This study explores student perspectives on the use of animals in learning and teaching, and reports on a survey of students at three Australian universities. The results show that biology students value the authenticity of such experiences, the consolidation of theoretical learning, and the chance to use multiple learning modes via hands on experiences. In particular, students see the benefits of such experiences as improving their understanding of biological concepts and opportunities for future employment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:benefits to learning, biology, ethics, student perspectives, use of animals
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Education Assessment and Evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Pedagogy
Author:Edwards, A (Dr Ashley Edwards)
Author:Jones, SM (Professor Susan Jones)
ID Code:96370
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2014-11-03
Last Modified:2017-11-19
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