Representing Animal-Others in Educational Research

Gail Janine Kuhl


This paper encourages environmental and humane education scholars to consider the ethical implications of how nonhuman animals are represented in research. I argue that research representations of animals can work to either break down processes of “othering,” or reinforce them. I explore various options for representing other animals, including concrete examples demonstrating some researchers’ methodological and representation choices (including my own). Finally, I consider questions pertaining to evaluating the quality and effectiveness of alternative and less common forms of representation.

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