- New publication in Journal of Teacher Education– Content knowledge for teaching: What makes it special?
Deborah Ball, Mark Thames, and Geoffrey Phelps have authored an article that appears in the November/December 2008 issue of the Journal of Teacher Education. This article reports on their efforts to develop a practice-based theory of content knowledge for teaching built on Shulman’s notion of pedagogical content knowledge. Their research uncovers an important subdomain of “pure” content knowledge unique to the work of teaching, specialized content knowledge, which is distinct from the content knowledge needed in other mathematically-intense occupations. They also identify two recognizable subdomains within pedagogical content knowledge–knowledge of content and students and knowledge of content and teaching.
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