Why Dissection?: Animal Use in Education, 1st Edition

  • Lynette A. Hart
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  • ISBN-10: 0313351503
  • ISBN-13: 9780313351501
  • DDC: 179.4
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 225 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Animal Use in Education looks beyond the typical yes-or-no debate about dissection to understand how we came to our current practice of dissection in intermediate and high school biology, even as preparation of health professionals has moved away from dissection. Despite the many forces that support the continued use of dissection in pedagogy, teachers retain much autonomy in how they teach in the classroom, and legislation in many states provide specific requirements for what should and should not be taught in separated science and health curricula, offering students the option to not engage in dissection.


"Highly recommended for high school and professional development libraries." --Doug's Student Reference Room, October 2008

— Doug's Student Reference Room

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Today's Biology Classroom Crisis.
2: Early History of Dissection: Controversy and Advances.
3: Controversy in the Development of Science Education and Dissection.
4: The Context for Dissection: Educational Testing.
5: National Versus State Educational Standards: Whither Dissection?.
6: Legislation and Regulations Related to Using Animals and Dissection in Teaching.
7: Empowering Teachers to Find Substitutes for Dissection.
8: Students and the Culture of Dissection.
9: The Animals Used in Teaching.
10: New Teaching Resources in the Computer Age.
11: Locating Teaching Resources and Research Literature on Alternatives.
12: References.
About the Authors.