ERIC Number: EJ1003461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Preservice Teachers' Images of Scientists: Do Prior Science Experiences Make a Difference?
Milford, Todd M.; Tippett, Christine D.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v24 n4 p745-762 Jun 2013
This article presents the results of a mixed methods study that used the Draw-a-Scientist Test as a visual tool for exploring preservice teachers' beliefs about scientists. A questionnaire was also administered to 165 students who were enrolled in elementary (K-8) and secondary (8-12) science methods courses. Taken as a whole, the images drawn by preservice teachers reflected the stereotype of a scientist as a man with a wild hairdo who wears a lab coat and glasses while working in a laboratory setting. However, results indicated statistically significant differences in stereotypical components of representations of scientists depending on preservice teachers' program and previous science experiences. Post degree students in secondary science methods courses created images of scientists with fewer stereotypical elements than drawings created by students in the regular elementary program.
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Preservice Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Scientists, Attitude Measures, Questionnaires, Science Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Stereotypes, Teacher Education Programs, Experience, Secondary School Science, Elementary School Science, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
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