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Student images of scientists : What are they? Do they matter?

Schibeci, R. (2006) Student images of scientists : What are they? Do they matter? Teaching Science, 52 (2). pp. 12-16.

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What images do students (including student teachers) have of scientists? Are they stereotyped images? Is it reasonable to expect students to have images of scientists that are in accord with current scientific practice? Scientists and science teachers have long been interested in student images of scientists. This paper summarises some of the research on images of scientists that have used the Draw-A-scientist Test, and other related procedures. Secondly, it reviews the importance of images of scientists for science classrooms and includes some sample strategies for countering prevailing stereotypes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Australian Science Teachers Association.
Copyright: 2006 ASTA
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