Improving Science Education Through Developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teachers

  • Diane Jass Ketelhut


Despite the struggle to achieve expert teaching in science, particularly in K-8, we are now faced with a new challenge: moving from discussing pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) to talking about technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). TPACK is the knowledge of how to use technology to improve pedagogy, to facilitate learning of content, and to build on student technological literacies as content. Therefore, TPACK subsumes PCK, adding an additional layer to an already complex classroom decision-making. The question is, then, how do teachers develop this knowledge when in many cases the underlying knowledge bases are already inadequate? This chapter discusses why it is important for teachers to incorporate technological tools into their practice, the issues with doing so, and recommendations for improving this situation.


Science education PCK TPACK 


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  • Diane Jass Ketelhut
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  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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