Short-Term Interventions That Accomplish Humane Education Goals: An International Review of the Research Literature

  • Virginio Aguirre
  • Agustín Orihuela
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 8)


The value of humane educational programs in the relationship with animals, humans, and violence, in general, has been demonstrated. However, a nationwide program has not been established, and most of the interventions around the world are based in programs developed by humane associations, whose success evaluations in general lack of a rigorous methodology. However, few studies with robust methodology support some of these programs. Among these papers, authors concluded that (1) effective short-term courses can vary in length from 30 min to 40 h distributed during one semester; (2) children exposed to these programs generalize animal empathy with human-directed empathy; (3) children between 6 and 13 years of age are able to learn about humane behavior toward animals and humans through role-play, printed materials, and lectures, which have a synergistic effect; (4) short-term humane education programs can be effective and sustainable over the long term; and (5) children’s stage of development affects humane learning. This chapter is a review of some of the successful, short-term interventions published in the scientific literature.


Humane education Early childhood Short-term interventions Humane education programs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture and Livestock SciencesAutonomous University of the State of MorelosCuernavacaMexico

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