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Saturday, October 20 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Dissection: Current trends and alternatives

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Dissection is common practice in Alberta high school science classes but is it really necessary?
In this session we will discuss the pedagogical merit of animal and non-animal teaching methods along with the ethical considerations for common species used in dissection. We will also explore human ethics, research into student perceptions of dissection, and how dissection is practiced outside of North America. We will look at current animal use trends in post-secondary institutes across Canada including uses in teaching, testing and research. Finally, we will discuss student opt-in policies used by some Canadian school districts.

In this session we will explore:
-the pedagogical merit of animal (dissection) versus non-animal (alternatives) teaching methods
-human and animal ethical considerations
-the use of animals in universities including veterinary schools
-meaningful non-animal alternatives that fulfill curricular objectives
-student opt-in policies

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Melissa Logan

Director of Education, Alberta SPCA
Melissa is a science teacher who works in animal welfare education at the Alberta SPCA. She started her teaching career in a high school science classroom, then moved to the Alberta SPCA’s Education Department in 2007. She holds a BSc, and a BEd from the University of Lethbridge... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Fort McMurray - Delta