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, Specialist in CE, , 4

I agree with Katherine Heck's thoughts that media may influence children's perceptions of scientists; however, such perceptions may have an influence on their thinking and thus flavor their interest in science as a course of study or as a career. Having used DAST in the past as a pre-/post-test, I believe it to be a useful measure, though I would recommend multiple raters (at least three) when scoring drawings.