From the Series Compact Research: Current Issues
The use of animals in research is one of the most controversial issues known to science. People who are in favor of animal experimentation insist that lifesaving vaccinations, medicines, and medical procedures would never have been possible without it. Opponents insist that the same results might have been achieved without animals. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations this title asks Do the Benefits of Animal Experimentation Justify Its Use? Should Animal Experimentation Be Used in Education? Are Animal Experiments Conducted Humanely? Can Alternative Methods Eliminate the Need for Animal Experimentation?
|Interest Level||Grade 7 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Series||Compact Research: Current Issues|
|Number of Pages||104|
|ISBN||9781601520371, 9781601523082, 9781601520371B|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook, Print + Ebook|
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up Each of these comprehensive guides contains a thorough explanation of the scientific field and dispassionately presents the arguments for and against its practices. The format is identical in each, and includes an overview, several long chapters examining sub-topics, and a chapter on key organizations. What makes the books different is that each discussion chapter ends with a collection of primary-source quotes as well as clear, colorful illustrations, including maps, charts, graphs, and photographs that provide excellent visual aids. Unlike the “Opposing Viewpoints” series, which contains longer essays, allowing each writer the chance to make a persuasive argument, these titles summarize the opinions from each side in individual entries such as “Are Animal Experiments Conducted Humanely?” and “What Policies Should Govern Genetic Engineering?” If a teacher’s goal is for students to learn to research, these books will completely undermine that effort. If the goal is for students to take a controversial topic, learn about it, and write persuasive arguments of their own, these titles will be a goldmine.
The strongest element of this series, which currently includes sixteen titles such as Genetic Engineering, Media Violence, Conflict in the Middle East, and Animal Experimentation, is the amount and quality of documentation and further resources provided. Source notes are provided for every quote and statistic within the narrative chapters. The back material includes a chronology, a list of key people and advocacy groups, a list of related organizations, and a bibliography of books, periodicals, and Internet sources, none of which are more than five years old. The obesity volume covers causes, prevention and treatment, as well as the question of whether obesity is a matter of personal responsibility. Genetic Engineering covers the safety of genetically engineered food, the safety of genetic engineering in humans (including the use of stem cells and genetic screening), and the issues surrounding cloning. This series is recommended for students not yet ready to tackle the Opposing Viewpoints or Current Controversies series, as well as those who respond to visual interpretations of the facts.