ERIC Number: ED458146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Investigating the Development of Preservice Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge.
Van Driel, Jan H.; De Jong, Onno
In this study, the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) was explored within a group of 12 preservice teachers of chemistry (all M.Sc.) during their 1-year post-graduate teacher education program. The topic in this study concerned a central issue in science teaching, viz., the use of scientific models and modeling activities. A multiple-method approach was chosen. The collection of data involved (1) written responses to questionnaires and assignments; (2) audio recordings of workshop sessions; and (3) reflective reports, written by every individual preservice teacher. Results indicated a growth in preservice teachers' knowledge of students' difficulties in understanding models. Large differences were observed, however, between the preservice teachers with respect to their knowledge of teaching activities aimed at promoting students' understanding of models and modeling. The observed growth of PCK appeared to be influenced mostly by teaching experiences and by the workshops at the teacher education institute. In particular, the final workshop session during which the reflective reports of the individual teachers were discussed, had a major impact. (Contains 38 references.) (PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research and Science Teaching (St. Louis, MO, March 25-28, 2001).