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, Front Range STEM Specialist, Colorado State Univeristy, 3

I am certainly intrigued by the concept. In one of the program our organization facilitates, youth also draw about the concepts that they learned from the program. From this method of evaluation two concerns come to mind. First of all, I am concerned about the person deciphering the drawings. This method of analysis has the tendency to be very subjective. Second of all, I am concerned about the media influence over the drawings. Although it would be hard to identify where youth’s perceptions of scientists came from, I am sure that what youth see on tv will determine what they draw.