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Professional Content Knowledge: Increasing Instructional Quality

Professional Content Knowledge: Increasing Instructional Quality
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Author(s): Martha Ann Davis McGaw (Davis McGaw Family Foundation, USA)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 15
Source title: Cases on Economics Education and Tools for Educators
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Brad Scott (Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, USA)and Melanie E. Fox (Purdue University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7583-6.ch005


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Effective teaching is a delicate balance of deep content knowledge and adept pedagogical skills. Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), introduced by Shulman in 1987 captures the essence of this synergy, emphasizing the transformative capability of educators in delivering subject content in ways that engage students. This chapter dives into the nuances of PCK, its foundational role in teacher education, and its expansive relevance across academic fields, with special emphasis on economic educators. Rooted in Shulman's groundbreaking research, with insights from various educational researchers, the chapter underscores the importance of melding content mastery with pedagogical techniques. It further explores the historical and contemporary perspectives on the confluence of content and pedagogy, featuring case studies for analysis. The chapter contributes to the broader conversation on the necessity for teachers to become more adaptable within teaching approaches.

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