What do SOSE teachers know? The significance of subject content knowledge among middle school teachers and teachers’ professional identity

Tambyah, Mallihai M. (2007) What do SOSE teachers know? The significance of subject content knowledge among middle school teachers and teachers’ professional identity. In AARE 2006 International Education Research Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, Australia.

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The middle years of schooling are an emerging area of interest to teachers, academics, teacher-educators and curriculum developers. It is argued that the middle school curriculum should be both integrated and discipline-based. In Queensland, the Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) curriculum uses an outcomes approach which draws from a range of social science disciplines including history, geography, economics, politics, sociology, law, and ethics and studies, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Asian studies, environmental education and civics and citizenship. As such, SOSE fits preferred models of curriculum in the middle school. However, given the wide scope of the Queensland SOSE curriculum, teachers’ knowledge of subject content knowledge is critical. One potential area for research is SOSE teachers’ conceptions of the significance of content knowledge in their teaching. As part of a wider phenomenographic study of conceptions of subject content knowledge among middle school SOSE teachers, this paper will examine the literature on subject content knowledge among social science teachers. It is argued that particularly among early-career teachers, confidence in subject content knowledge increases competence and innovation in the classroom, thus laying the foundation for teacher professionalism based on content as well as pedagogical and curricular knowledge.

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ID Code: 20454
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: teacher education, SOSE, middle school
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 13 May 2009 22:02
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:38

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