Investigating Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching Using the Draw-a-Teacher Checklist

  • Becky Barton Sinclair Texas A&M University - Commerce
  • Susan Szabo Texas A&M University - Commerce
  • Adrienne A. Redmond Oklahoma State University
  • Jennifer D. Sennette Texas A&M University - Commerce

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine differences in the pictorial representations of what teaching “looks like†for undergraduate students, intern teachers and graduate students enrolled in education classes. This new Draw-a-Teacher Checklist instrument was modeled after the Draw-a-Science-Teacher-Test Checklist (DASTT-C) developed by Thomas, Pedersen, and Finson (2001). A scoring checklist was created using the 150 pictures drawn by each participant. The data showed that the checklist did accurately measure the drawing appearance on the continuum from teacher-centered to student-centered. In addition, the study found that the majority of the undergraduate and graduate participants drew teacher-centered pictures while the interns recognized the importance of teaching with a more balanced approach.

Author Biographies

Becky Barton Sinclair, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Becky B. Sinclair, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the College of Education. She teaches science education and elementary methods courses to graduate students.
Susan Szabo, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Susan Szabo, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the College of Education. She teaches both reading and elementary education courses to graduate students.
Adrienne A. Redmond, Oklahoma State University
Adrienne A. Redmond, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She teaches mathematics education courses for prospective elementary teachers.
Jennifer D. Sennette, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Jennifer D. Sennette, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the College of Education. She teaches early childhood and education methods courses to graduate students.
Published
2013-03-11
Section
Articles