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, student, Harvard, 4

This is a really interesting approach to assessing understanding of science as a profession and as an identity. I wonder if the researchers have considered including a narrative section in which children could describe what their scientist character is doing or investigating. Some of the actions associated with science may be hard to depict, like "creating a hypothesis", or "inventing an experiment," but they are key to an understanding of a scientific process.