First Graders Draw a Scientist
At the beginning of the school year, I was curious to find out my students' perception of a scientist. Do children know that scientists.... are people? ...that common stereotypes exist (ex, a mad scientist, Frankenstein, a genius)? Do children know what scientists do today?
A main goal of my outreach program is to help students understand the important role of a 21st century scientist. So, I needed a starting point...
All first graders participated in the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST). Based on the work of David Wade Chambers (1982), this simple test helps to measure a child's perception of a scientist.
First, the students were asked to draw a person on a blank sheet of paper.