Science trainee teachers' pedagogical content knowledge and its influence on physics teaching

Lilia Halim, Subahan Mohd Meerah

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This study examined Malaysian science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of selected physics concepts. The two components of PCK investigated were (i) knowledge of students' understanding, conceptions and misconceptions of topics, and (ii) knowledge of strategies and representations for teaching particular topics. The participants were 12 trainee teachers from various academic science backgrounds attending a one-year postgraduate teacher-training course. They were interviewed on selected basic concepts in physics that are found in the Malaysian Integrated Science curriculum for lower secondary level. The findings showed that trainee teachers' PCK for promoting conceptual understanding is limited. They lacked the ability to transform their understanding of basic concepts in physics required to teach lower secondary school science pupils. The trainees' level of content knowledge affected their awareness of pupils' likely misconceptions. Consequently, the trainees were unable to employ the appropriate teaching strategies required to explain the scientific ideas. This study provides some pedagogical implications for the training of science teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-225
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Science and Technological Education
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

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Science trainee teachers' pedagogical content knowledge and its influence on physics teaching. / Halim, Lilia; Meerah, Subahan Mohd.

In: Research in Science and Technological Education, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.01.2002, p. 215-225.

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