I was interested to read the blog of fellow EDC 3100-er EC Salter regarding Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and how pertinent it is within today’s classrooms. Emma pointed the reader to an interesting article by Adelis Solis (2009) on the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) website.
Entitled “What Matters Most in the Professional Learning of Content Teachers in Classrooms with Diverse Student Populations”, Solis acknowledges Shulman’s (1986) revamping of PCK which highlights a distinctive approach to teaching – relying on “teachers’ interpretations and transformations of subject-matter knowledge in the context of facilitating student learning”. In essence, effective PCK draws from the teacher’s experience as well as the day to day experiences of all within the classroom environment.
Solis makes the point that “Pedagogical content knowledge is deeply rooted in the experiences and assets of students, their families and communities.”
Where better a place to develop our PCK than in the classroom, working together with our prospective students and realising what works best for them as well as us as teachers?
Solis, A. (2009). What matters most in Professional Learning of Content Teachers in Classrooms with Diverse Student Populations. Retrieved August 18, 2013 from