Drawing for Science Education

An International Perspective

  • Phyllis Katz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Drawing a Single Image

  3. Drawings in a Series to Examine Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Jill Cainey, Lauren Humphrey, Rob Bowker
      Pages 97-109
    3. Susanne Neumann, Martin Hopf
      Pages 111-121
    4. Terrence Mcclafferty, Léonie Rennie
      Pages 155-167
  4. Drawings that Illustrate the Perceived Culture of Science (Who and What)

  5. Drawings to Consider the Illustrator’s Identity Development as a Science Teacher

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Felicia Moore Mensah, Robin Fleshman
      Pages 219-225
    3. Shiellah Keletso
      Pages 227-233
    4. David Winter, Chris Astall
      Pages 247-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-270

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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Phyllis Katz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MarylandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-875-4
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