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Drawing for Science Education

An International Perspective


  • This book brings together international science educators who have used drawings to elicit thinking across ages from young children to medical teaching, as well as visitors to out-of-school settings.

  • The book provides many examples of actual drawings and how they can be interpreted.

  • The book provides unforeseen insights into how the drawing medium helps reveal thinking that might not be elucidated by verbal questions or written choices, such as how a group of Bangladeshi women came to know the location of their kidneys more than other organs or the influence of media on a group of Austrian students studying nuclear energy before and after Fukushima.

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Drawing a Single Image

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Draw Your Physics Homework?

      • Jatila Van Der Veen
      Pages 11-29
    3. Can I Get Directions to My Kidneys Please?

      • Patricia Patrick
      Pages 41-54
    4. Development of Biological Literacy through Drawing Organisms

      • Amauri Betini Bartoszeck, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
      Pages 55-65
  3. Drawings in a Series to Examine Change

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 95-95
    2. Drawing Experiences in Marine Conservation

      • Jill Cainey, Lauren Humphrey, Rob Bowker
      Pages 97-109
    3. Discovering Children’s Science Associations Utilizing Drawings

      • Susanne Neumann, Martin Hopf
      Pages 111-121
    4. Learning Physics at Science Centers

      • Terrence Mcclafferty, Léonie Rennie
      Pages 155-167
  4. Drawings that Illustrate the Perceived Culture of Science (Who and What)

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 169-169
    2. Using Drawing to Reveal Science Teachers’ Beliefs about Science Teaching

      • Sulaiman Al-Balushi, Abdullah Ambusaidi
      Pages 179-189

About this book

This book argues for the essential use of drawing as a tool for science teaching and learning. The authors are working in schools, universities, and continual science learning (CSL) settings around the world. They have written of their experiences using a variety of prompts to encourage people to take pen to paper and draw their thinking – sometimes direct observation and in other instances, their memories. The result is a collection of research and essays that offer theory, techniques, outcomes, and models for the reader. Young children have provided evidence of the perceptions that they have accumulated from families and the media before they reach classrooms. Secondary students describe their ideas of chemistry and physics. Teacher educators use drawings to consider the progress of their undergraduates’ understanding of science teaching and even their moral/ethical responses to teaching about climate change. Museum visitors have drawn their understanding of the physics of how exhibit sounds are transmitted. A physician explains how the history of drawing has been a critical tool to medical education and doctor-patient communications. Each chapter contains samples, insights, and where applicable, analysis techniques. The chapters in this book should be helpful to researchers and teachers alike, across the teaching and learning continuum. The sections are divided by the kinds of activities for which drawing has historically been used in science education: An instance of observation (Audubon, Linnaeus); A process (how plants grow over time, what happens when chemicals combine); Conceptions of what science is and who does it; Images of identity development in science teaching and learning.


  • Visual data from drawings in science education
  • Drawing analysis in science education
  • Drawing for science teaching
  • Drawing for science learning
  • Interpreting drawings

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Maryland, USA

    Phyllis Katz

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Drawing for Science Education

  • Book Subtitle: An International Perspective

  • Editors: Phyllis Katz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: SensePublishers Rotterdam

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-6300-875-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: CCLXX, 10

  • Topics: Education

Buying options

eBook USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-6300-875-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout