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Pedagogical content knowledge and preparation of high school physics teachers 

written by Eugenia Etkina

This paper contains a scholarly description of pedagogical practices of the Rutgers Physics/Physical Science Teacher Preparation program. The program focuses on three aspects of teacher preparation: knowledge of physics, knowledge of pedagogy, and knowledge of how to teach physics pedagogical content knowledge--PCK. The program has been in place for 7 years and has a steady production rate of an average of six teachers per year who remain in the profession. The main purpose of the paper is to provide information about a possible structure, organization, and individual elements of a program that prepares physics teachers. The philosophy of the program and the coursework can be implemented either in a physics department or in a school of education. The paper provides details about the program course work and teaching experiences and suggests ways to adapt it to other local conditions.

This article was published in Phys. Rev. ST Physics Ed. Research 6, 020110 and is  available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

See DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.020110 for full rights information.

Published August 31, 2010
Last Modified March 12, 2011

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