“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
Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick
Publish date: 2018-11-14
ARiSE 2018;1(1):15–25
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.

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.

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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