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ERIC Number: EJ775788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 104
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Knowing the Subject Matter of a Secondary-School Science Subject
Deng, Zongyi
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v39 n5 p503-535 Oct 2007
This paper examines the fundamental yet largely neglected distinction between school subjects and academic disciplines in the discourse on teachers' specialized subject-matter knowledge. It analyses and critiques the curricular positions embedded in that discourse in the light of five possible relationships between school subjects and academic disciplines. Invoking Dewey's logical-psychological distinction and research findings, the paper argues that the subject matter of a secondary-school science subject instead of the subject matter of its parent academic discipline lies at the heart of secondary-school science teachers' specialized subject-matter knowledge. Knowing such subject matter entails knowing five intersecting dimensions: the logical, the psychological, the pedagogical, the epistemological, and the sociocultural. Implications are drawn concerning theorizing about what secondary-school science teachers need to know about the subject matter they are expected to teach, subject-matter preparation for teaching, and the development of secondary-school science curriculum materials. (Contains 2 tables and 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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