ERIC Number: ED370995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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The Influence of Subject Matter Expertise on Pedagogical Content Knowledge.
Manross, Dean; And Others
This study investigated the role of subject matter expertise on the pedagogical content knowledge of physical education teachers. Data were collected through multiple interviews on 10 teachers with expertise in at least one physical education subject area. Each teacher was interviewed four times, with each interview lasting approximately 1 hour. The interviews focused on the teachers' background in and familiarity with two physical education subject areas (one expert and one nonexpert area), perceptions of planning for and instructing in these subjects, and experiences teaching the subjects. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative technique (Glasser and Strauss, 1967) and the findings were presented with reference to Grossman's (1990) definition of pedagogical content knowledge. Subject experts identified their largest pedagogical problem as student motivation, while nonexperts believed finding appropriate activities was their greatest challenge. A greater ability for planning progressive learning activities and contingency plans was demonstrated by the subject experts. They were also able to accommodate a greater range of learner abilities. (Contains 9 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Expertise; Subject Content Knowledge
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).