Repositioning Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teachers’ Knowledge for Teaching Science

  • Anne Hume
  • Rebecca Cooper
  • Andreas Borowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction to the Refined Consensus Model of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Science Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Janet Carlson, Rebecca Cooper, Kirsten R. Daehler, Patricia J. Friedrichsen, Joan I. Heller, Sophie Kirschner et al.
      Pages 93-113
  3. Reimagining the Existing

  4. New Approaches to PCK Research in Science

  5. So What and What Next?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-288
    2. Christopher D. Wilson, Andreas Borowski, Jan van Driel
      Pages 289-300
    3. Rebecca Cooper, Jan van Driel
      Pages 301-313
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-329

About this book


This book enhances readers’ understanding of science teachers’ professional knowledge, and illustrates how the Pedagogical Content Knowledge research agenda can make a difference in teachers’ practices and how students learn science. Importantly, it offers an updated international perspective on the evolving nature of Pedagogical Content Knowledge and how it is shaping research and teacher education agendas for science teaching. The first few chapters background and introduce a new model known as the Refined Consensus Model (RCM) of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in science education, and clarify and demonstrate its use in research and teacher education and practice. Subsequent chapters show how this new consensus model of PCK in science education is strongly connected with empirical data of varying nature, contains a tailored language to describe the nature of PCK in science education, and can be used as a framework for illuminating past studies and informing the design of future PCK studies in science education. By presenting and discussing the RCM of PCK within a variety of science education contexts, the book makes the model significantly more applicable to teachers’ work.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Hume
    • 1
  • Rebecca Cooper
    • 2
  • Andreas Borowski
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-5897-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-5898-2
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