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Ethical Alternatives to Dissection as a Teaching Method in Biology and Psychology Courses

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Barbara Walas, Marymount University

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Dissection remains a problematic teaching method that many college students do not find effective or compelling. In fact, the majority of American students oppose dissection and animal experimentation. Recent studies show that the alternative methods, such as artificial models and computerized stimulations, provide better learning experience for students. This research project examined the dissection practices in Marymount University’s biology and psychology classes. Syllabi of all courses were reviewed to provide a comprehensive outline of the types of methodologies used, the percentage of courses utilizing dissection, as well as the costs. A literature review was conducted to examine alternative methods that could beneficially replace the antiquated teaching method of dissection with the alternative innovative, cost-effective, and educationally effective techniques. As a result of this analysis, a proposal was developed, providing recommendations for alternatives, explaining the wide range of benefits the proposed novel alternative methodology would bring.

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Ethical Alternatives to Dissection as a Teaching Method in Biology and Psychology Courses

Dissection remains a problematic teaching method that many college students do not find effective or compelling. In fact, the majority of American students oppose dissection and animal experimentation. Recent studies show that the alternative methods, such as artificial models and computerized stimulations, provide better learning experience for students. This research project examined the dissection practices in Marymount University’s biology and psychology classes. Syllabi of all courses were reviewed to provide a comprehensive outline of the types of methodologies used, the percentage of courses utilizing dissection, as well as the costs. A literature review was conducted to examine alternative methods that could beneficially replace the antiquated teaching method of dissection with the alternative innovative, cost-effective, and educationally effective techniques. As a result of this analysis, a proposal was developed, providing recommendations for alternatives, explaining the wide range of benefits the proposed novel alternative methodology would bring.