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).
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
A 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:
- Alt web (resource database hosted by Johns Hopkins University)
- Animal ethics resources on TKI website
- Animal Research Saves Lives (ANZCCART resource) (PDF, 1.8 MB, 14 pages)
- Animal testing in toxicology (Power Point Slides, 104 kb, 8 slides)
- Animal welfare in NZ (Ministry for Primary Industries)
- Culture of Care (A NAEAC guide for people working with animals in research, testing and teaching) (PDF, 393 kb, 6 pages)
- DEMOCS discussion game (from EdinEthics, UK website)
- Download Three Rs poster (ANZCCART resource) (PDF, 6.7 MB, 1 page)
- Introduction to statistics for research involving animals (website by Dr Michael Festing, Charted Statistician)
- National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) website
- National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) website
- NZ Association of Science Educators (NZASE) website on animal ethics
- SPCA New Zealand