Draw-a-Scientist Test

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The Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) is an open-ended projective test designed to investigate children's perceptions of the scientist.


Originally developed by David Wade Chambers in 1983, the main purpose was to learn at what age the well known stereotypic image of the scientist first appeared. Following the simple prompt, "Draw a scientist", 4807 primary school children in three countries completed drawings. The drawings were then analyzed for seven standard indicators: lab coat, eyeglasses, facial hair, symbols of research, symbols of knowledge, products of science (technology) and relevant captions. From these indicators, Chambers was able to show that children began to develop stereotypical views of scientists from a very early age, with a progressively larger number of indicators appearing as the grades progress.


  • Chambers, D. W. (1983). Stereotypic Images of the Scientist: The Draw-A-Scientist Test. Science Educaton, 67(2), 255-265. doi: 10.1002/sce.3730670213
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