Monday, May 6, 2013

Effective Teachers Need Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “Effective Teachers Need Pedagogical Content Knowledge” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Phil Sadler alerted the PhysLrnR list to “The Influence of Teachers' Knowledge on Student Learning in Middle School Physical Science Classrooms” [Sadler et al. (2013)] online to subscribers at That article suggests that “a teacher's ability to identify students' most common wrong answer on multiple-choice items, A FORM OF PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE, is an additional measure of science teacher competence.” [My CAPS.]

That pedagogical content knowledge is important for effective teaching was emphasized in Lesson #7 of “Lessons from the Physics Education Reform Effort” [Hake (2002)] at “Teachers who possess both content knowledge and ‘pedagogical content knowledge’ are more apt to deliver effective instruction.”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“It ain't what you don't know that gives you trouble, it's what you know that ain't so.”
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REFERENCES [URL's shortened by and accessed on 06 May 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. “Effective Teachers Need Pedagogical Content Knowledge” online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at Post of 6 May 2013 13:13:17-0700. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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