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Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is an academic construct that represents an intriguing idea. It is an idea rooted in the belief that teaching requires considerably more than delivering subject content knowledge to students, and that student learning is considerably more than absorbing information for later accurate regurgitation. PCK is the knowledge that teachers develop over time, and through experience, about how to teach particular content in particular ways in order to lead to enhanced student understanding. However, PCK is not a single entity that is the same for all teachers of a given subject area; it is a particular expertise with individual idiosyncrasies and important differences that are influenced by (at least) the teaching context, content, and experience. It may be the same (or similar) for some teachers and different for others, but it is, nevertheless, a corner stone of teachers’ professional knowledge and expertise.

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Loughran, J., Berry, A., Mulhall, P. (2012). Pedagogical Content Knowledge. In: Loughran, J., Berry, A., Mulhall, P. (eds) Understanding and Developing Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Professional Learning, vol 12. SensePublishers, Rotterdam. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-821-6_2

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