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Animal-Assisted Interventions as a Learning Aid – A Literature Review

By Robyn Lawes

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Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) on learning and mental health is an evolving matter within psychology. In past history, such mediations have been held to ridicule by scholars who deemed animals to be insignificant within the field. Today, the American Humane Association postulates that the objective of AAI is a goal-directed movement, used to improve one’s “social, cognitive or emotional functioning” (Ganzert, 2013). “Animal- assisted Intervention” is an umbrella term for what is traditionally known as animal-assisted therapy (AAT), animal-assisted activities (AAA), and animal-assisted education (AAE). This paper seeks to provide a comprehensive review of extant empirical research on AAI as a tool to enhance children’s learning outcomes.


Katie Carroll

Date 2016
Publication Title Animalia
Volume 2
Issue 3
Pages 17
Publisher Canisius College
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted interventions
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Children
  5. Dogs
  6. Learning
  7. Libraries
  8. Mammals
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Reading assistance dogs
  11. Schools