There is growing evidence within the Human-Animal Interaction literature that activities involving contact with live animals can be of considerable benefit to children. Suggested advantages of activities which involve animal interaction include increased empathy and social interactions (Daly and Suggs, 2010), increased responsibility (Rud and Beck, 2003) and reduced anxiety (Hansen et al., 1999). Fish are the most popular companion animal held in the primary school classroom, yet to our knowledge there is no quantitative evidence of pedagogical value for animal-assisted activities with fish.
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