Pedagogical content knowledge
Pedagogical content knowledge, referred to as PCK, is the understanding of the techniques used to help students grasp the content correctly. A key part of your development as a teacher is also enhancing your ability to put this understanding into practice in the classroom.
PCK constitutes an understanding of misconceptions, contextualising and questioning amongst other things.
Similarly to SK there will be times in your career when enhancing your pedagogical understanding of your subject will be your main focus.
The sections below give some background to help you decide when this might be appropriate for you.
PCK for specialists
The benefits of PCK
Teachers who develop their PCK have access to a wider range of teaching techniques which allow them to be increasingly effective in the classroom by using the appropriate technique at the right time, according to their professional judgement.
Focusing on PCK in a specific subject such as chemistry it is known as subject specific PCK. More information on this can be found in the non chemistry specialist information in this section.
PCK and evidencing performance
Having a good appreciation of subject specific PCK is only part of becoming a successful specialist chemistry teacher. Applying the knowledge and practicing the techniques are key to success in the classroom. Our offering will show you how to do this and enable you to practice the techniques in a classroom setting without students present and enable you to gain feedback from course leaders and peers while doing this.
Our courses will enable you to learn how to evidence your own performance and gain a solid understanding of the elements required in planning the most successful lessons. The course will provide a comfortable setting for you to develop your PCK and SK, and practice new techniques. You will have an expert on hand to support you in doing this as well as other chemistry teachers to discuss the impact of activities and techniques with.
PCK for non-specialists
When the focus on PCK is applied to a given subject area it is known as subject specific PCK. This is highly specialised and a variety of research, such as the What makes great teaching? report from October 2014 confirms a teacher skilled in subject specific PCK is one of the most important things needed in a successful classroom environment.
Though our courses you will develop your subject specific PCK and gain a good understanding and appreciation of the misconceptions possible and how to avoid them, both lab and non-lab based practical chemistry teaching as well as subject specific knowledge of the teaching techniques mentioned in the introduction to this PCK section.