The knowledge base of subject-matter experts in teaching : A case study of a professional scientist as a beginning teacher

Diezmann, Carmel M. & Watters, James J. (2015) The knowledge base of subject-matter experts in teaching : A case study of a professional scientist as a beginning teacher. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 13(6), pp. 1517-1537.

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One method of addressing the shortage of science and mathematics teachers is to train scientists and other science-related professionals to become teachers. Advocates argue that as discipline experts these career changers can relate the subject matter knowledge to various contexts and applications in teaching. In this paper, through interviews and classroom observations with a former scientist and her students, we examine how one career changer used her expertise in microbiology to teach microscopy. These data provided the basis for a description of the teacher’s instruction which was then analysed for components of domain knowledge for teaching. Consistent with the literature, the findings revealed that this career changer needed to develop her pedagogical knowledge. However, an interesting finding was that the teacher’s subject matter as a science teacher differed substantively from her knowledge as a scientist. This finding challenges the assumption that subject matter is readily transferable across professions and provides insight into how to better prepare and support career changers to transition from scientist to science teacher.

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ID Code: 72097
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: science teaching, subject matter knowledge, contextual knowledge, career change teachers, pedagogical content knowledge, beginning teachers, bricolage, mature age teachers, Teaching STEM
DOI: 10.1007/s10763-014-9561-x
ISSN: 1573-1774
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer Verlag
Deposited On: 25 May 2014 23:43
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 21:57

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