Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST)

The Draw-a-Scientist Test is an open-ended projective test that assesses children's conceptual images of scientists. The DAST is evaluated using a 7-point scale based on the presence of the following components in drawing: lab coat, eyeglasses, facial growth of hair, symbols of research, symbols of knowledge, technology & relevant captions.

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by anonymous, Science Professional Development Teacher, San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2

Having taught kindergarten for 36 years, I have a lot of experience with very young children. We used a "draw-a-man" test to evaluate entering kindergarten children each year. Many of the children had never done representative drawing and we were lucky to see a head with facial features, a body with parts. I don't think many children this age would be that attentive to detail that they could draw a scientist. If I wanted to evaluate a child's understanding of the concept, "scientist" I would do a verbal discussion with the child describing what he/she thought a scientist did or looked like, not a drawing.