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Información tecnológica

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VALDERRAMA, Lorena B; VERNAL-VILICIC, Teresa P  and  MENDEZ-CARO, Leyla. Child Representation of Science using the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST): Possibilities of Changes from Scientific Communication. Inf. tecnol. [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.6, pp.203-214. ISSN 0718-0764.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-07642016000600021.

This article presents the results of an intervention to analyze and propose modifications about child representation of science. The intervention was carried out as part of an activity of the non-formal education program Developing and Leading Academic Talent, DeLTA of the Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile. To assess children's representation of science the methodology known as Draw a Scientist Test (DAST) internationally used to measure stereotypes of science in child population was employed in this study. The evaluation of the intervention allowed confirming the effectiveness of the methodology for measuring stereotypes and helped in proposing modifications about child representation on scientific practice. Finally, the article proposed that the teaching of public communication of science among children be a form of profound intervention that facilitates positive changes of stereotypes and of social representation of scientific work.

Keywords : social representation; childhood; image of science; stereotypes; DAST.

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