How is Teacher Knowledge Measured?. Betsy Jane Becker Florida State University. Acknowledgement. I acknowledge two sources of support:
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How is Teacher Knowledge Measured?
Betsy Jane Becker
Florida State University
I acknowledge two sources of support:
k = 83
k = 215
Pedagogical content knowledge
k = 34
SMK may be defined by professional associations in standards for teachers. E.g., the National Science Teachers Association (1998) wrote: “Content refers to
Some have defined SMK by listing components, but these are not always clearcut. Basile et al. list...
. . . the ways of representing the subject that make it comprehensible to others. . .(I)t also includes an understanding of what makes the learning of specific topics easy or difficult: the conceptions and preconceptions that students of different ages and backgrounds bring with them to learning. (Shulman, 1987, p. 9)
Cochran, King, and DeRuiter (1991, p. 1) defined PCK as "the manner in which teachers relate their pedagogical knowledge to their subject matter knowledge in the school context, for the teaching of specific students". Their definition incorporated four components:
* Based on 304 measures from 215 studies
* Based on 105 measures from 83 studies
* Based on 35 measures from 35 studies
Callahan Test of Mathematical Knowledge (8 topics, 39 or 45 items, a = .60 to .86)
Inventory of Teacher Knowledge of Reading (no info on reliability or validity at time of use)
GA Teacher Certification Tests in a variety of areas
(How reliable and generalizable is this??)
(How valid is this??)
.... teachers were also asked questions about
Measures of pedagogical content knowledge have included