Undergraduate students from Nottingham Trent University have worked on behalf of FRAME with the aim of promoting engagement with the issues affecting animal experimentation and alternatives, and exploring ways in which it can be incorporated into the secondary school curriculum.
The university students created a survey to identify what if anything is already taught, what pupils’ views on experimentation are and to understand how pupils would prefer to learn about the topic.
The students concluded that:
In summary, these findings suggest that medical experimentation on animals is a neglected aspect of teaching in educational facilities, and that students would find this particular knowledge beneficial in the classroom. Therefore, a resource needs to be decided by and for the students, and in turn created so that individuals in education can be enlightened about the plight concerning such a topic. From the results we found that students would like to be taught in the form of guest speakers. However we also understand that FRAME is a fairly small organisation and would probably need volunteers to help with this. We also feel that it would be beneficial to accompany the guest speaker with an online interactive resource in order to test the knowledge that they have learnt from the guest speakers.
To view a full summary of the findings click here Schools Project Survey Results.
The students also presented a poster describing the project and the results which can be seen here NTU Student Poster.
The ultimate aim is to work with secondary schools to develop educational resources/engagement activities based on understanding animal experimentation and alternatives. This student project laid the ground work by understanding how pupils view the topic. The next stage will be to explore the results of the survey with teachers and ultimately work together to develop something which can be distributed to schools more widely.
FRAME would like to thank all of the participants who took the time to complete the survey and to the students for their hard work on the project.