Most of the teachers surveyed believe that the use of live animals in the classroom contributed positively to increased empathy, as well as socio-emotional development, in students […]
Daly, B., & Suggs, S. (2010).
Teachers’ experiences with humane education and animals in the elementary classroom: implications for empathy development. Journal of Moral Education, 39 (1), 101-112.
Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in children are valuable programs that act positively on a wide variety of social and clinical problems, such as behavioral problems and spectrum symptoms autistic. The results suggest that animals positively influence the development of children and have a valuable role in therapies.
Endenburg, N., & van Lith, H. A. (2011).
The influence of animals on the development of children. The Veterinary Journal, 190 (2), 208-214.
Children participating in Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) have been shown to significantly improve their social skills and relationships with their teachers and parents. Regarding academic competencies, no significant differences were detected between the students who participated in AAA and those who did not. Lastly, it was shown that problem behaviors decrease significantly among teachers and students who participate in AAA. […]
O’Haire, M.E., McKenzie, S.J., McCune, S., Slaughter, V. (2013).
Effects of animal-assisted activities with guinea pigs in the primary school classroom. Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 26 (3), 445-458.