Investigating Pupils’ Images of Science Teaching Using Drawings

By Michael Skoumios and Maria Savvaidou-Kambouropoulou.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Teachers’ or pupils’ drawings made in the classroom could be used as a tool for investigating pedagogical practices used by the teachers. In particular, teachers’ perceptions about teaching methods have been investigated with the use of drawings. However, pupils’ perceptions of science teaching have not been investigated. This study aims at investigating 84 Greek pupils’ perceptions of science teaching with the use of drawings. In order to detect pupils’ perceptions, each pupil was asked to draw a picture of the classroom with the teacher and the pupils during a science lesson (firstly using conventional ways with pencils and crayons and then by using a computer program – the Photoshop). Pupils’ drawings were evaluated using the “Draw-A-Science-Teacher-Test Checklist” (DASTT-C). The results of most of pupil’s drawings show that the teachers remain distanced from the pupils during the lesson, presenting the lesson on the blackboard, while the pupils either watch or take notes from the blackboard. The desks in the classroom are in most cases laid out in the traditional way. It seems that the majority of teachers use teacher – centred approaches in their classroom during science teaching, although the primary science curriculum—implemented in the last few years—is focused on pupil-centered approaches. The study concludes with a discussion and recommendations for future research.

Keywords: Science Teachers, Pupils’ Perceptions, Science Teaching, Primary School, Drawings

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.179-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 803.815KB).

Dr. Michael Skoumios

Lecturer, Department of Primary Education, University of Aegean, Rhodes, Dodecanisa, Greece

Dr. Michael Skoumios obtained a first degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1987, a second degree in Education from the University of Aegean in 1992 and his PhD in Science Education from the Hellenic Open University in 2005. His research interests include science concept learning and teaching science in primary and secondary schools. He is currently teaching Science Education in the Department of Primary Education of the University of the Aegean (Greece).

Dr. Maria Savvaidou-Kambouropoulou

Lecturer, Department of Primary Education, University of Aegean, Rhodes, Dodecanisa, Greece

Dr. Maria Savvaidou-Kambouropoulou obtained a first degree in The Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce, Italy in 1971 and a PhD on “Education through Art and Creative Thinking” in 1986 from the Athens University, Philosophy department. Her research interests include “The Development of creative thinking through Art Education”, The Evaluation of experimental projects “Education and Culture” and projects relating to “Cultural Heritage combined with New Technology for production of a new cultural identity.” Since 1986 she has been lecturing Art Education in the Aegean University. Since 2007 she has been President of “Museum of Greek Modern Art” – Municipality of Rhodes. Since 2010 she has been President of Cultural Institute ‘Ioannis Zigdis’ – Municipality of Lindos Rhodes Greece.