Exploring the state of science stereotypes: Systematic review and meta-analysis of the Draw-A-Scientist Checklist

Sarah L. Ferguson, Stephanie M. Lezotte

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    This systematic review and meta-analysis examined recent articles that have used the 1995 Draw-A-Scientist Checklist (DAST-C). This study was focused on the current state of students' stereotypes of scientists and the appropriateness of the DAST-C as a tool to assess these perceptions. Articles included in the review were published between 2003 and 2018, resulting in n = 30 studies. Mean results across studies are presented to describe current stereotypes of scientists, and the current format of the DAST-C is evaluated. Findings suggest that students' perceptions of scientists have largely remained consistent across time: scientists are still perceived as Caucasian, middle-aged or elderly males who wear lab coats and work indoors. However, while the DAST-C is a generally appropriate measure to assess students' perceptions of scientists, recommended revisions to the DAST-C could assist in capturing more modern scientist stereotypes and culturally bound perceptions of scientists.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)55-65
    Number of pages11
    JournalSchool Science and Mathematics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Education
    • History and Philosophy of Science
    • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
    • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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