Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Pedagogical Knowledge

  • Judith MulhollandEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_204-2


Pedagogical content knowledge; Teacher knowledge

Pedagogical knowledge (PK) is a term used for knowledge of how to teach that is applicable across a range of teaching areas. The term general pedagogical knowledge (GPK) is sometimes used as a synonym so that a distinction can be made between knowledge of how to teach generally and knowledge of how to teach a particular subject area which is usually referred to as pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Shulman (1987) described seven types of teacher knowledge: content knowledge, general pedagogical knowledge, curriculum knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, knowledge of learners, knowledge of educational contexts, and knowledge of educational aims, purposes, and values. General pedagogical knowledge (GPK) is described as “those broad principals and strategies of classroom management and organisation that appear to transcend subject matter” (Shulman 1987, p. 8). Some writers have used each of the knowledge types described by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityBanyoAustralia