Middle school female students' perceptions of scientists (vs. fashion models) as described in their stories and drawings

Avşar Erümit B., Topçu F., Koç R., Gül Ö., Erdem B., Kaya F., ...More

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) , Nevşehir, Turkey, 28 August - 01 September 2023, pp.1-3

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Nevşehir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-3
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


The Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) is a well-known instrument used by many science educators worldwide to understand students' conceptions of scientists. Since Chamber's study, numerous studies have examined people's perceptions of scientists and found stereotypes in students’ drawings. To broaden the field of study, we have developed new research instruments that include students' drawings and stories of a scientist and a fashion model based on a scenario we have provided. The participants were 149 female middle school students from grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Students' stories and drawings of scientists and models provided essential findings. Drawing scientists and fashion models and developing stories about their lives provided detailed information about students' perceptions of scientists.