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God-like Educators in a Fallen World

Chick, Helen

Year: 2011

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Abstract: For many educators, encountering Shulman's 1986 articulation of 'pedagogical content knowledge' (PCK) brings an epiphany. It names something we are sure exists, and recognises that 'there really is something special about what I know for teaching my discipline area'. Despite these feelings of resonance and identification, however, debate about PCK in mathematics education and how to develop it in teachers continues. It has proved elusive to define, there have been arguments about how to measure it, and, significantly, showing that it makes a difference to learning outcomes has been difficult, despite the fact that we all feel certain it should and does.

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