Understanding best practice in engineering education using the concept of pedagogical content knowledge

Jolly, Hannah and Brodie, Lyn and Midgley, Warren (2012) Understanding best practice in engineering education using the concept of pedagogical content knowledge. In: AaeE 2012: The Profession of Engineering Education: Advancing Teaching, Research and Careers, 3-5 Dec 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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The concept of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) is used in educational research to explore the complexities of effective teaching practice. PCK is the 'nowledge-in-action' and 'knowledge-of-action' (Park & Oliver, 2008) which allows teachers to make decisions about what to do in order to teach well. It is a type of expertise that is specific to the discipline in which it is applied, but is distinct from either disciplinary content knowledge, or general knowledge of pedagogy. The nature of PCK is yet to be researched specifically for the engineering discipline. To date, in the disciplines for which PCK constructs have been defined (for example, in History, Science or Literature), there is a close similarity between how the discipline is studied and how it is practiced. In engineering, the study of the discipline and the practice of it are very different, raising questions about how the make-up of engineering PCK accounts for the nature of the discipline, and how it reflects the nature of best practice in engineering teaching.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 04:21
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: pedagogical content knowledge (PCK); Bourdieu; Field and Habitus; engineering knowledge; higher education research
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23377

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