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Title: Problematizing science subject matter knowledge as a legitimate enterprise in primary teacher education
Authors: Heywood, David S.
Citation: Cambridge journal of education, 2007, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 519-542
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: Dec-2007
DOI: 10.1080/03057640701705856
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Abstract: This paper is concerned with the process of how subject and pedagogic knowledge emerge through teachers' learning in science. It suggests that problematizing subject knowledge through direct experience of learning in science, particularly in those areas that are known to be difficult, constitutes a productive way of turning a deficit model of teacher subject knowledge into a positive experience with considerable potential for the development of pedagogy. The paper draws on exemplification of student learning to contextualize the discussion within current debate in science education concerned with conceptual change and metacognition. It is argued that the act of addressing what are problematic science concepts in their own learning, affords an opportunity for students to focus on the nature of the concepts being explored and how understanding of them might be developed. It is implied that a notion of 'learning practice' in university taught sessions, in addition to the embedded model of generating pedagogic insight through teaching experience in school placements, would constitute a productive mechanism for the synthesis of subject and pedagogic knowledge.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: This metadata relates to an electronic version of an article published in Cambridge Journal of Education, 2007, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 519-542. Cambridge Journal of Education is available online at informaworldTM at
ISSN: 0305-764X
EISSN: 1469-3577
Appears in Collections: Faculty of Education
ESRI Research Group: Mathematics and Science
ESRI: Education and Social Research Institute

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