“To see ourselves as others see us”: Post-primary school students’ drawings of scientists before and after participation in a career orientation programme

Authors

  • Aimee Stapleton Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, University of Limerick https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3953-7855
  • Martin McHugh Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, University of Limerick https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1233-7340
  • Peter E Childs Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick
  • Sarah Hayes Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, University of Limerick

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12973/arise/96343

Keywords:

Draw-a-Scientist-Test, Transition Year, Science Camp, Perceptions of Scientists, Career-Orientation

Abstract

The stereotypical image of a scientist has negative consequences in terms of promoting a perception of scientists and relevant careers that is both positive and realistic. This study employs a modified Draw a Scientist Test (DAST) to investigate the perceptions held by post-primary school students in Ireland about scientists and their work. Participants completed the DAST before and after partaking in a Career Orientation Programme that aimed to promote careers in science and portray scientists and their working life realistically. 
After completing the programme, participants’ drawings were less stereotypical, with fewer images of male scientist working alone. 
Drawings also reflected activities the participants did throughout the programme, suggesting that first-hand experience can broaden perceptions of scientific careers.

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Published

2018-11-14

How to Cite

Stapleton, A., McHugh, M., Childs, P. E., & Hayes, S. (2018). “To see ourselves as others see us”: Post-primary school students’ drawings of scientists before and after participation in a career orientation programme. Action Research and Innovation in Science Education, 1(1), 15–25. https://doi.org/10.12973/arise/96343