Pedagogical Content Knowledge

As we move through this course into the creation of our second assignment and preparation for our professional experience in the coming weeks, the concept of Pedagogical Content Knowledge comes to the foreground. This concept was brought to light in 1986 by teacher education researcher Lee Shulman. He defined pedagogical content knowledge as “teachers’ interpretations and transformations of subject-matter knowledge in the context of facilitating student learning (IDRA, 2009).”

This concept is extremely important for our next assignment and professional experience as our actions as pre-service teachers are largely determined by our pedagogical content knowledge of all aspects of the curriculum, content descriptions and learning experiences. Sound pedagogical content knowledge links knowledge about teaching with knowledge about learning, providing us with a strong foundation for our future experiences.


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