Replacement: Alternatives to Using Animal Models in Testing, Research, and Education
Competency: Outline various ways to replace the use of animals in research
- Identify why researchers may try to replace the use of animals in their research
- Describe examples of human simulators, cell-based models, and humane dissection tools as methods of replacement
- Describe the common issues associated with traditional drug development methods and how replacement technology can address those issues
- Provide research-backed support for the effectiveness of replacement
Assessment: Classroom Animal Use Alternatives Proposal
- Proposal identifies the educational activity and types of animals that will be replaced
- Proposal identifies how many animals are used in the current activity
- Proposal identifies specific examples of products/activities animals could be replaced with
- Proposal identifies drawbacks of using animals in your classroom
- Proposal identifies cost considerations for the solution
- Proposal identifies safety and/or reliability considerations for the solution
- Proposal identifies social and/or cultural considerations for the solution
- Proposal identifies environmental impact of the solution
Linked External Standards:
HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems
HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Common Core State Standards - ELA
RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
W.9-10.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.