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Abstract Title: Exploring the Role of Content Knowledge in Responsive Teaching
Abstract: In this paper, we seek to start a conversation between the pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and responsive teaching literatures by exploring the research question, "What role(s) does content knowledge play in responsive teaching?" We analyze instances that exemplify responsive teaching from classroom discussions of energy, and we find that teachers use content knowledge in responsive moves that connect students' ideas to one another and to the discipline. We suggest an approach to teacher education that blends the recommendations of the PCK and responsive teaching literatures, in which teachers develop content knowledge and practice using that knowledge to listen and respond to student thinking.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Amy D. Robertson
Seattle Pacific University
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and Co-Presenter(s)
Lisa M. Goodhew (Seattle Pacific University)