From White Lab Coats and Crazy Hair to Actual Scientists: Exploring the Impact of Researcher Interaction and Performing Arts on Students’ Perceptions and Motivation for Science

Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Sandrine Gallois, María Heras

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    Abstract

    © The Author(s) 2018. We examine the impact of researchers’ interaction and drama-based techniques when learning science on students’ views of scientists and motivations for studying science. We do so through mixed-methods in five secondary schools in three countries. Students changed their perception of scientists toward a less stereotyped image, particularly where their interaction with researchers was higher. Pupils’ interest for scientific careers significantly increased where drama-based techniques were more inserted into the pedagogical approach. Promoting long-term interaction with scientists in school settings combined with embedded drama-based methods in science learning/teaching can contribute to reconstructing students’ views on who can be engaged in science.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)749-777
    JournalScience Communication
    Volume40
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

    Keywords

    • STEM
    • art-based methods
    • public perception of scientists
    • stereotype

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