Scientists Representations DAST elementary students beliefs misconceptions
The goal of the current study is to investigate elementary school studentsâ€™ domain identification and their representations of scientists compared to other professions (e.g., teacher, veterinarian).Research shows that studentsâ€™ stereotypes about scientists may affect their science self-efficacy and interest in science (Losh et al., 2008). Studies investigating childrenâ€™s representations of scientists using the Draw a Scientist methods (DAST) indicates that most students hold stereotypes about the role of the scientist and about the identity of a scientist. Findings from such research show that there is a bias regarding the demographics and gender variations in childrenâ€™s representations of scientists (Finson, 2002). A large number of scientists are depicted as white males; Hispanics and Asian scientists are underrepresented and women are depicted mostly as â€œsuperwomenâ€. The sources of these misconceptions are various, including media, childrenâ€™s literature, and lack of studentsâ€™ experiences with the work of a scientist. This proposal is a work in progress; data collection will be completed in October 2015 and data analysis will follow up shortly after all data will be cleaned and organized. Participants (approximate N=200) will be elementary students from Romania enrolled in public and private schools, in both rural and urban areas ranging in age and grade level (i.e., grades 1 to 5). Study findings will be discussed in relationship with research related
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