Date: May 6, 2013 7:07 PM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: Effective Teachers Need Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post 
"Effective Teachers Need Pedagogical Content Knowledge" [Hake
(2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Phil Sadler alerted the PhysLrnR list to "The Influence of
Teachers' Knowledge on Student Learning in Middle School Physical
Science Classrooms" [Sadler et al. (2013)] online to subscribers at
<>. That article suggests that "a teacher's
ability to identify students' most common wrong answer on
multiple-choice items, A FORM OF PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE, is an
additional measure of science teacher competence." [My CAPS.]

That *pedagogical content knowledge* is important for *effective*
teaching was emphasized in Lesson #7 of "Lessons from the Physics
Education Reform Effort" [Hake (2002)] at <>:
"Teachers who possess both content knowledge and 'pedagogical content
knowledge' are more apt to deliver effective instruction."

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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know that ain't so."
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REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 06 May 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Effective Teachers Need Pedagogical Content
Knowledge" online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at
<>. Post of 6 May 2013 13:13:17-0700. The
abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to
several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<> with a provision for comments.