A Research Model for the Study of Science Teachers’ PCK and Improving Teacher Education

Aug. 15, 2007

Source: Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 23, Issue 6, August 2007, P. 885-897

In this article, a new research model for the study of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is presented which aims to improve teacher education. This model called “educational reconstruction for teacher education” (ERTE) represents the framework for an integrative approach to the study of science teachers’ topic specific PCK, which is a largely unexplored field.

By integrating the PCK concept, originating in the American Curriculum tradition, into the German (Fach)didaktik tradition, this model adds a new perspective to (Fach)didaktik. This paper, therefore, also aims to clarify the PCK concept and its relation to Fachdidaktik.

Updated: May. 12, 2008