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Conflict or convergence ? Perceptions of teachers and students about ethics in the use of animals in Zoology teaching

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Author(s): Kênio E. C. Lima | Margareth Mayer | Ana M. Carneiro-Leão | Simão D. Vasconcelos

Journal: Investigações em Ensino de Ciências
ISSN 1518-8795

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 353;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: bioethics | animal welfare | science teaching | legislation

ABSTRACT
The use of animals in practical classes in university courses requires a bioethical approach so that zoological concepts are constructed along humanistic criteria. This is particularly relevant in Science teaching courses, since the approach will reflect in the graduates will teach in elementary levels. This work aimed to investigate the conceptions of teachers and undergraduate students from courses of Biological Sciences about the use of animals in didactic situations. Questionnaires were applied to students and teachers, regarding topics such as collection and killing of animals, alternative resources and guidelines for bioethical procedure. We noticed convergence and conflict among the perceptions and attitudes from teachers and students. Some of them agree with the replacement of animals for alternative resources, although orientations about the legal framework related to the topic are neglected. We propose an in-depth discussion about a multidisciplinary insertion of animal bioethics in the education of Biology teachers
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