ERIC Number: ED406165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-23
Learning from Practice: Impressions from Pictures of Scientists Don't Tell the Whole Story.
Bielenberg, Joy E.
The purpose of this study was to determine the prior knowledge of students regarding scientists and their work. Students' depictions of scientists in pictures were compared to their responses in agreement or disagreement to statements about scientists and their work. The 124 seventh grade students drew a picture of a scientist and told why they agreed or disagreed with certain statements. Pictures were analyzed using the stereotypic features attributed to scientists as reported in earlier studies such as gender, lab coat, eyeglasses, hair, and symbols of research. Categories of students' responses to the statements emerged from the data. Written responses indicated that students had a more realistic view of scientists and their work than the stereotypic images drawn by the students indicated. Results indicate that caution should be used when interpreting the pictures students draw of scientists. Contains 16 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (70th, Oak Brook, IL, March 23, 1997).