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.

Average Review: 2 (2.9)

by Kit Klein, Principal, Klein Consulting, 4

I agree that media plays a huge role in perceptions. I think the best use of this tool is as a pre and post measure with a high degree of inter-rater agreement. When a program strives to change perceptions of scientists to include images that run counter to the stereotypes of old white men in lab coats, you would expect more of those images on pre measures and more images of kids of all genders and colors doing science on post measures.