Investigating Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching Using the Draw-a-Teacher Checklist
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine differences in the pictorial representations of what teaching â€œlooks likeâ€ 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.