Big egos in science (or, the religion of scientism)

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Disclaimer: this is a copy of my animal dissection video, but I am learning how to use video editing software to make more professional and entertaining / educational videos. If it sounds familiar, you're NOT crazy!! Two recent studies have found that college students who modeled human anatomy out of clay performed better on tests about human anatomy than their peers who dissected cats (Motoike, O’Kane, Lenchner, & Haspel, 2009; Waters, Van Meter, Perrotti, Drogo, & Cyr, 2005). In dozens of studies conducted since the 1960s that have been published in esteemed journals such as The American Biology Teacher, Science Education, Journal of Biological Education, Anatomical Sciences Education, and Advances in Physiology Education, science educators have found that students using non-animal alternatives learn as well as, and in most cases better than, their peers who dissect animals (Patronek & Rauch, 2007; Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 2007). Non-animal teaching methods are also now endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), which amended its position statement in 2008 to reflect the educational efficacy of non-animal methods and approval of teachers’ decision to use them as complete replacements for animal dissection (NSTA, 2008).

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