This book discusses how we can inspire today’s youth to engage in challenging and productive discussions around the past, present and future role of animals in science education. Animals play a large role in the sciences and science education and yet they remain one of the least visible topics in the educational literature. This book is intended to cultivate research topics, conversations, and dispositions for the ethical use of animals in science and education. This book explores the vital role of animals with/in science education, specimens, protected species, and other associated issues with regards to the role of animals in science. Topics explored include ethical, curriculum and pedagogical dimensions, involving invertebrates, engineering solutions that contribute to ecosystems, the experiences of animals under our care, aesthetic and contemplative practices alongside science, school-based ethical dialogue, nature study for promoting inquiry and sustainability, the challenge of whether animals need to be used for science whatsoever, reconceptualizing museum specimens, cultivating socioscientific issues and epistemic practice, cultural integrity and citizen science, the care and nurturance of gender-balanced curriculum choices for science education, and theoretical conversations around cultivating critical thinking skills and ethical dispositions. The diverse authors in this book take on the logic of domination and symbolic violence embodied within the scientific enterprise that has systematically subjugated animals and nature, and emboldened the anthropocentric and exploitative expressions for the future role of animals.
At a time when animals are getting excluded from classrooms (too dangerous! too many allergies! too dirty!), this book is an important counterpoint. Interacting with animals helps students develop empathy, learn to care for living things, engage with content. We need more animals in the science curriculum, not less.
David Sobel, Senior Faculty, Education Department, Antioch University New England
Table of Contents
Foreword: Wild Awakedness and Animalistic Inquiry: Introducing a Book on the Role of Animals with/in Science Education, Michael P. Mueller (University of Alaska Anchorage), Arthur J. Stewart (Oak Ridge Associated Universities), and Deborah J. Tippins (University of Georgia).- Chapter 1: Worm Spit: Integrating Curriculum through a Study of Silk and the Amazing Silk Worm, Michael L. Bentley (Virginia Museum of Natural History) and Teresa Auldridge (Full Option Science System).- Chapter 2: You Can Give a Bee Some Water, But You Can’t Make Her Drink: A Socioscientific Approach to Honey Bees in Science Education, Jonathan Snow and Maria S. Rivera Maulucci (Barnard College).- Chapter 3: Engineering a Solution for Fish Waste Management, Alexandra E. West (University of Alaska Anchorage).- Chapter 4: Learning Science in Aquariums and on Whalewatching BoatsThe Hidden Curriculum of the Deployment of Other Animals, Teresa Lloro-Bidart (California State Polytechnic University at Pomona) and Connie Russell (Lakehead University).- Chapter 5: Tracing the Anthrozoological Landscape of Central Iowa: Place and Pedagogical Possibilities, Cori Jakubiak (Grinnell College).- Chapter 6: Life After the Fact(ory)Pedagogy of Care at An Animal Sanctuary, Christopher Bentley and Steve Alsop (York University).- Chapter 7: Ethical-Ecological Holism in Science PedagogyIn Honor of Sea Urchins, Lee Beavington, Heesoon Bai, (Simon Fraser University)
and Serenna Celeste Romanycia.- Chapter 8: A Story of Chicks, Science Fairs and the Ethics of Biomedical Research, Sophia Jeong, Deborah Tippins (University of Georgia), Shakhnoza Kayumova (Dartmouth University).- Chapter 9: Spiders, Rats, and Education, Jimmy Karlan (Antioch University New England).- Chapter 10: Leave the Pets Alone, Eduardo Dopico and Eva Garcia-Vazquez (University of Oviedo).- Chapter 11: Using Object-based Learning to Understand Animal Evolution, Paul Davies and Joanne Nicholl (University College London).- Chapter 12: Death in a JarThe Study of Life, Mary Rebecca Warbington Wells (Armstrong State University).- Chapter 13: Socio-Scientific Issues for Scientific Literacy – The Evolution of an Environmental Education Program with a Focus on Birds, Andrew T. Kinslow and Troy D. Sadler (University of Missouri).- Chapter 14: Hawaiian Citizen ScienceJourneys of Self Discovery and Understanding of Scientific Concepts through Culture and Nature Study in School Science Classes, Jennifer Kuwahara (University of Hawaii).- Chapter 15: Care-based Citizen Science: Nurturing an Ethic of Care to Support the Preservation of Biodiversity, Renée Lyons, Cassie Quigley and Michelle Cook (Clemson University).- Chapter 16: Mapping Conceptions of Wolf Hunting onto a Worldview Conceptual
FrameworkHunting for a Worldview Theory, Teresa J. Shume (North Dakota State University).- Chapter 17: A Framework within which to Determine How We Should Use Animals in Science Education, Michael J. Reiss (University College London).- Index.