“To see ourselves as others see us”: Post-primary school students’ drawings of scientists before and after participation in a career orientation programme
 
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Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, University of Limerick
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Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick
Publish date: 2018-11-14
 
ARiSE 2018;1(1):15–25
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Background:
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.

Material and methods:
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.

Results:
After completing the programme, participants’ drawings were less stereotypical, with fewer images of male scientist working alone.

Conclusions:
Drawings also reflected activities the participants did throughout the programme, suggesting that first-hand experience can broaden perceptions of scientific careers.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Aimee Stapleton   
Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, University of Limerick, Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, University of Limerick, V94 T9PX Limerick, Ireland
 
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