An International Survey of Animals in Schools: Exploring What Sorts of Schools Involve What Sorts of Animals, and Educators' Rationales for These Practices
| Contributor(s):: Helen Lewis, Russell Grigg, Cathryn Knight
Over recent decades, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has attracted growing international interest both among educators and the research community. However, there has been little comparative analysis of the demographics of participants and the rationale...
Heart rate and heart rate variability in school dogs
| Contributor(s):: Bidoli, Emilie M. Y., Erhard, Michael H., Döring, Dorothea
The aim of this study was to examine whether the canine stress level was elevated during animal-assisted education by means of the Polar monitor V800 (Polar Electro Oy, Kempele, Finland), which recorded heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV). At 54 Bavarian schools with one working dog...
Measuring the Social, Behavioral, and Academic Effects of Classroom Pets on Third and Fourth-Grade Students
| Contributor(s):: Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Rachel Garthe, Cynthia Hellman, Marguerite O'Haire
Limited research has documented the benefits of animals for children's learning and development, with a growing number of elementary school teachers incorporating pets into their classrooms. This study assessed the social, behavioral, and academic effects of the presence of small, resident...
Cyrus street dog providing emotional support in UK schools
07 May 2020 |
Posted by Adam Dunn
August 2018 at Gatwick airport was the beginning of a very special journey for our first rescue dog from Cyprus. This image is the moment that we first met Angus at the airport on that very special...
Development of a Dog-Assisted Activity Program in an Elementary Classroom
| Contributor(s):: Cinzia Correale, Lara Crescimbene, Marta Borgi, Francesca Cirulli
Here we describe a pilot Dog-Assisted Activity program that was designed to improve wellbeing and social integration in a multi-cultural elementary classroom in which some episodes of bullying had been reported. We developed a 5-encounters protocol with the aim of introducing pet dogs into the...
Spawning executive functions in first graders: Exploring situated learning experiences with the classroom pet consistent with children's temperament
| Contributor(s):: Kristan Nicole Pearce
Rapid growth in all domains of development occurs during the early childhood years. Even so, the pressures of high stakes testing and the push down of curriculum often elicit a focus on cognitive development while neglecting other developmental areas important in school and later life success...
Kristan Nicole Pearce