CoRe: A way to build pedagogical content knowledge for beginning teachers

Funding year: 
1 year
University of Waikato
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2011
Project end date: 
January 2012
Principal investigator(s): 
Chris Eames
Research team members: 
John Williams, Anne Hume,John Lockley, Bill Henderson, Kim Pickering, University of Waikato
Research partners: 
Sean Fullick, Matamata College; Kevin Meyer, Otumoetai College; Duncan Smith, St Pauls Collegiate; Warren Steffert, Morrinsville College; Gillian Stockman, Rotorua Boys’ High School; Elize Terblanche, Takapuna Grammar School

Project Description

Research has shown that one of the factors which enable effective teachers is their rich pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Beginning teachers need support to develop this PCK and CoRes (Content Representations) have been proposed as a model for doing this. The study reported here brought together science and technology experts in content and pedagogy, early career secondary teachers, and researchers to design a CoRe to assist development of teacher pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). The study then researched the early career teachers’ use of the CoRe in their planning and delivery of a unit in their classrooms to examine the impact of the CoRe on teaching and learning, and on the development of the teachers’ PCK.

Eames pictureProject Contact

Dr Chris Eames, Centre for Science and Technology Education Research,
University of Waikato,