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Animal Dissection And Evidence-Based Life-Science And Health-Professions Education, Nathan Nobis Jan 2002

Animal Dissection And Evidence-Based Life-Science And Health-Professions Education, Nathan Nobis

EDUCATION

Balcombe’s (2000, 2001) case for replacing learning methods that require pain, suffering, and death for animals with methods that do not (computer-assisted learning, three-dimensional models, videotapes, and other alternatives) can be seen as motivated by this evidentialist perspective. Balcombe provided a wealth of empirical evidence from educational studies to show that in most contexts animal dissection is not necessary—and even counterproductive—to achieve valid educational goals, especially higher order goals (concept learning and problem solving). He demonstrated that no sound defense of dissection has been given.