Editor's Note: Animals and the Capacity to Care (September 2007)by: Chris Ohana

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While the study of animals can serve to motivate, it can also present difficulties. Some animals are just too hard to study through inquiry. The animals may be too large or small, too distant, or too dangerous to bring into the classroom. Technology has been critical in enabling students to learn in new ways about many animals. In this edition, the field editor discusses studying animals and their role in the environment.

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  • on Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:14 PM

This article is eye opening in that it reminds us that students may not know a lot about different animals. When we see cute fuzzy animals we feel for them, but when we see the "creepy crawlies" it's a whole other story. If we educate students about how they all work together it can show them the importance of the animals that we don't "feel" for. It also helps to classify the animals into a category that fits them, this shows that all the animals are different but they have a place.

Kaylee Buck
Kaylee Buck

  • on Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:39 PM

This brief editorial points to the importance of making children aware of and the caring about the animals that they don’t normally see or learn about. She talks about animal connections and animal classifications and provides some great resources for them that can be found online and in the Learning Center.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:07 PM

This editor’s message points out that animals of all kinds can be utilized to help students understand classification and to develop a sense of appreciation for the world around them. The use of technology opens up new possibilities for bringing animals into the classroom. If you need a rationalization for incorporating the study of animals into your curriculum, this editorial is a good place to start.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

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