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Journal: Usak University Journal of Educational Research (Vol.2, No. 1)

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Page : 56-70

Keywords : Scientist; Representation; Early Childhood.;

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In this study, semi structured questionnaire which is developed by Çermik (2012) was administered to investigate the consistency of 60-72 months old preschool children, attending preschool institution and their parents' for the scientist image. Parents were asked to think a scientist and then they draw the images are formed in their mind and fill the semi structured form. On the other hand, children were given the task for drawing images of scientist from their minds and the researchers asked open ended questions verbally to them and took notes. Descriptive analysis demonstrated that the majority of children's and parent's drawings of scientist were mostly male. Findings in both the questionnaire and drawings revealed that firstly they thought scientist was a man. Participants' drawings of scientist were identified that they draw scientist in similar environment, which used similar materials with similar physical appearance. Besides, their drawings corresponded to scientist images which are generally used in cartoon, cinema, serials and advertisements. The results indicated our minds build representations using popular culture images regardless of age differences or setting.

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