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Humane Education Research and Tools for Program Evaluation

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What impact are your humane education efforts having? What strategies are most effective? Research related to humane education can help classroom teachers and shelter-based humane educators answer those fundamental questions, assess their own programs, and stay up to date.

Program Assessment

These evaluation instruments, developed for The HSUS by the Western Institute for Research and Evaluation, can be used in assessing the effectiveness of humane education programs or materials at the kindergarten through sixth-grade levels. Instructions for administering and scoring the tests are included.

Attitude Scales. Measure children's attitudes toward animals and animal treatment.

Primary Attitude Scale (grades K-2)

Intermediate Attitude Scale (grades 3-6)

Situational Tests of Humane Responses (SIT). Measure children's intended behavior toward animals.

SIT-Primary (grades K-3)

SIT-Intermediate (grades 4-6)

Attitude Transfer Scales (ATS). Measure child-to-child kindness and compassion.

ATS-Primary (grades K-1)

ATS-Intermediate (grades 4-6)

Relevant Research

Find summaries of research and studies relevant to humane education in these annotated bibliographies. Although some of the studies were conducted during the 1970s and '80s, the lessons learned from that work are just as useful today as they were in years past. The first volume covers studies conducted before 1984; the second volume covers studies conducted from 1984 through 2003.

Annotated Bibliography of Research Relevant to Humane Education – Volume 1

Annotated Bibliography of Research Relevant to Humane Education – Volume 2

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