Ethical care and use of animals for educational purposes : a challenge for science teachers

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dc.contributor.author De Villiers, J.J.R. (Rian)
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-07T10:11:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-07T10:11:33Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.description.abstract The care and use of animals in education and medical research are very controversial and emotional public issues. Society needs to discuss these issues to reach an ethical stand. A sample of 118 sciences student teachers from a South African university responded to a questionnaire on animal rights and using animals for food, clothes, sport, entertainment, and specifically education and medical research. The responses were analysed qualitatively and/or quantitatively. The results indicated that students generally care for an animal's life. Students responded positively (with conditions) concerning the use of animals for education and medical research. They considered animals as a necessity for food and education. They were not in favour of using animals for sport and entertainment. The results showed that the animals' hierarchy of classification influenced the responses of the students and that more students are in favour of dissection rather than vivisection. Female student teachers are more averse to dissection and vivisection than males. The implications of the findings for teaching of subjects in the life sciences at educational institutions are considered. A number of suggestions are made regarding the use of animals for teaching purposes. en_US
dc.description.librarian gv2012 en
dc.identifier.citation De Villiers, R 2011, 'Ethical care and use of animals for educational purposes : a challenge for science teachers', African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 92-104. [http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_saarmste.html] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1028-8457
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/16226
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education en_US
dc.rights Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education en_US
dc.subject Life sciences teachers en_US
dc.subject Applied animal use en_US
dc.subject Animal rights en_US
dc.subject Student teacher attitudes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science teachers en
dc.subject.lcsh Animal rights -- Moral and ethical aspects en
dc.title Ethical care and use of animals for educational purposes : a challenge for science teachers en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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