Preservice Teachers’ Images of Scientists: Do Prior Science Experiences Make a Difference?
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Abstract This article presents the results of a mixed methods study that used the Draw-a-Scientist Test as a visual tool for exploring preservice teachers' beliefs about scientists. A questionnaire was also administered to 165 students who were enrolled in elementary (K-8) and secondary (8-12) science methods courses. Taken as a whole, the images drawn by preservice teachers reflected the stereotype of a scientist as a man with a wild hairdo who wears a lab coat and glasses while working in a laboratory setting. However, results indicated statistically significant differences in stereotypical components of representations of scientists depending on preservice teachers' program and previous science experiences. Post degree students in secondary science methods courses created images of scientists with fewer stereotypical elements than drawings created by students in the regular elementary program. Keywords Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) Mixed methods Preservice teachers Science education Visual data
Journal of Science Teacher Education
Copyright 2012 Springer. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Science Teacher Education, June 2013, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 745-762. Journal of Science Teacher Education is available online at: http://link.springer.com// with the open URL of your article.
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