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ERIC Number: EJ915588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Is Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) Necessary for Reformed Science Teaching?: Evidence from an Empirical Study
Park, Soonhye; Jang, Jeong-Yoon; Chen, Ying-Chih; Jung, Jinhong
Research in Science Education, v41 n2 p245-260 Mar 2011
This study tested a hypothesis that focused on whether or not teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is a necessary body of knowledge for reformed science teaching. This study utilized a quantitative research method to investigate the correlation between a teacher's PCK level as measured by the PCK rubric (Park et al. 2008) and the degree to which his/her classroom is reform-oriented as measured by RTOP (Sawada et al. 2002). Data included 33 instructional sessions of photosynthesis and heredity videotaped with 7 high school biology teachers. Each session was given a score on both the PCK rubric and RTOP by two independent raters. Results indicate that PCK score is significantly related to RTOP score in terms of both total score (r = 0.831, p less than 0.01) and sub-component scores (ranging from r = 0.616 to .805, p less than 0.01). Implications for science teacher education and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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