Animals and Science Education

Ethics, Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Michael P. Mueller
  • Deborah J. Tippins
  • Arthur J. Stewart

Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Alexandra West Jefferies
    Pages 29-39
  3. Christopher Bentley, Steve Alsop
    Pages 69-84
  4. Lee Beavington, Heesoon Bai, Serenna Celeste Romanycia
    Pages 85-97
  5. Sophia (Sun Kyung) Jeong, Deborah J. Tippins, Shakhnoza Kayumova
    Pages 99-121
  6. Jimmy Karlan
    Pages 123-134
  7. Eduardo Dopico, Eva Garcia-Vazquez
    Pages 135-144
  8. Paul Davies, Joanne Nicholl
    Pages 145-157
  9. Mary Rebecca Warbington Wells
    Pages 159-168
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book


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


lab animals pets citizen science socio-scientific issues specimen collections natural history museums scientific literacy environmental education zoos aquariums animal ethics animal research environmental education engineering and STEM

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael P. Mueller
    • 1
  • Deborah J. Tippins
    • 2
  • Arthur J. Stewart
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Oak Ridge Associated UniversitiesOak RidgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56374-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56375-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-7307
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-7315
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