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When Teaching Makes a Difference: Developing science teachers´ pedagogical content knowledge through learning study
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Research on Education and Learning within the Department of Teacher Education (FULL).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5283-7038
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Science Education, ISSN 0950-0693, E-ISSN 1464-5289, Vol. 36, no 11, 1794-1814 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is a common view that developing teachers’ competence to restructure or reframe their knowledge and beliefs is inevitably a complex challenge. This paper reports on a research project with the aim to develop science teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) through their participation in a learning study. A learning study is a collegial process in which teachers work together with a researcher to explore their own teaching activities in order to identify what is critical for their students’ learning. During one semester, three secondary science teachers worked in a learning study together with a researcher in a cyclical process in order to create prerequisites and further identify conditions for students’ learning. During the learning study, data were collected from video-recorded lessons and stimulated recall sessions in which the teachers and the researcher reflected on the lessons to analyze their development of PCK, their students’ learning and the impact of that knowledge on their own teaching. The results provide an insight into how the teachers developed their self-understanding in which they questioned their own epistemological beliefs, aims and objectives of teaching and taken-for-granted assumptions about science teaching and learning. As such, the study provides an understanding of teacher professional learning through a careful investigation of how teachers’ PCK is enhanced through their participation in the learning study, and further, how students’ learning might be developed as a consequence. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 36, no 11, 1794-1814 p.
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learning study, PCK, science teacher, teaching, variation theory
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-24483DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2013.879621ISI: 000338045600002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84902878888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-24483DiVA: diva2:692408
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-01-30 Created: 2014-01-30 Last updated: 2017-07-20Bibliographically approved

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