Information for New Zealand teachers on the use of animals in research, testing or teaching


This section contains information and resources that teachers can use in the classroom to help introduce the topic of animal research. For more information on applying for animal ethics for a teaching activity or a science project please see the “Animal ethics in NZ schools” section of this website.

 

NCEA Resources for Schools

ANZCCART (NZ) has supported the development of four NCEA assessment tasks that have received the Quality Assured Assessment materials trade mark (QAAM) from the NZQA for NCEA Achievement Standards (Biology 1.2, 2.2, and 3.2), which integrates biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue. The four resources are:

  • Biology 1.2 (AS 90926) Animal research: What’s a life worth? – NCEA Level 1 – Internal Assessment Resource
  • Biology 2.2 (AS 91154) Animal research: The best thing for human medicine and animals? – NCEA Level 2 – Internal Assessment Resource
  • Biology 3.2 (AS 91602) Animal research: The ethics of using animals for research and teaching in New Zealand – NCEA Level 3 – Internal Assessment Resource
  • Biology 3.2 (AS 91602) Animal research: Predator proof fences – NCEA Level 3 – Internal Assessment Resource

Each of the tasks is available as a ‘ready to use’ package and contains:

  • The achievement standard
  • Teacher guidelines for and conditions of assessment
  • The assessment task
  • The assessment schedule
  • Planning notes for teachers and suggested resources

These teaching resources are not available on-line, but can be sent to teachers upon request (contact ANZCCART NZ).

 

Caring for the animals we use in research and teaching

ANZCCART has produced a resource called “Caring for the animals we use in research and teaching”. The centrepiece of this resource is a DVD which provides a series of interviews with scientists who use animals in their research. This DVD is an excellent resource for generating class discussion and debate around the use of animals in research and teaching.

The research topics discussed on the DVD are:

  • research into developing anti-cancer drugs (presented by Professor Bill Wilson);
  • genetic causes for obesity (presented by Dr Kathy Mountjoy);
  • the effects of pre-natal nutrition on lambs (presented by Professor Jane Harding);
  • the use of pain relief on farms for procedures such as castration and docking of lambs’ tails (presented by Dr Craig Johnson);
  • the effects of the gene kisspeptin on puberty and fertility (presented by Professor Allan Herbison);
  • development of the Xcluder Pest Proof Fence which is in use at Maungatautari (presented by Dr Tim Day);
  • legislation governing the use of animals in research and teaching (presented by Professor Don Love and Dr Sally Birdsall).

The video clips from the DVD can be downloaded by teachers from the following web link. A password will be required and will be available upon request to teachers (contact ANZCCART NZ).

A compilation of interviews on these topics, narrated by Dr Jessie Jacobsen, the 2007 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year (now called the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist of the year), is also available.

 

Activities for the New Zealand School Curriculum

iStock_000015359145MediumA set of activities has been developed to accompany each of the interviews for Years 9-10 students. They are designed to encourage discussion about the ways in which animals are used in research, as well as having a literacy focus. Each set of activities has links to the Nature of Science strand and to relevant contextual strands in the revised New Zealand school curriculum together with suggested ways of developing relevant key competencies.

A copy of the DVD and lesson plan resources was sent to all schools in 2012. If you are unable to locate your school copy or would like an additional DVD please contact ANZCCART NZ.

 

Resource links for teachers on the use of animals in research, testing or teaching

The following resources are available for teachers on the use of animals in research, testing or teaching: