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Authors: Rubbia, Giuliana* 
D'Addezio, Giuliana* 
Marsili, Antonella* 
Carosi, Alessandro* 
Title: Science and scientists from a child's point of view: an overview from drawings
Issue Date: 2015
Series/Report no.: 419
DOI: 10.1144/SP419.11
Abstract: An analysis of the perceived image of science, scientists and inventions was conducted with hundreds of drawings made by children for a competition held in Italian schools. The ‘draw a scientist’ approach, as used in several studies, was used to analyse images of scientists. A coarsegrain, quantitative analysis of the prevalence of features exhibited stereotypes as well as new trends, suggesting a further fine-grain, qualitative analysis was necessary. A generally positive picture of the work of scientists emerged as well as a great level of confidence in the potential of science, which is capable of responding to the needs and problems of humanity and of the environment in which we live.
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