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ERIC Number: EJ776789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Investigating the Relationship between Subject Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice through the Analysis of Classroom Discourse
Childs, Ann; McNicholl, Jane
International Journal of Science Education, v29 n13 p1629-1653 Oct 2007
A previous study highlighted the perception among secondary science teachers that they faced considerable challenges to their pedagogical practice when teaching unfamiliar areas of the curriculum; for example, when teaching out of subject specialism. One of the major challenges cited by the teachers was being able to give appropriate and effective science teaching explanations in the classroom. Since talking in order to explain science is at the centre of what science teachers do, this concern is a significant one for teacher educators. This article considers some of the methodological issues about how to investigate the relationship between teachers' subject content knowledge and their pedagogical practice. The research outlined focuses on a single science teacher's practice in giving science teaching explanations when teaching in and out of subject specialism. Although the findings from a single case are of limited value in terms of generalisability, this study adds to the discussion about future research into the relationship between teachers' professional knowledge bases and their pedagogical practices. The following are appended: (1) Descriptive analysis of the 10 lessons; and (2) Exemplification of the descriptive analysis of explanatory episodes. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)