About This Chapter
Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy - Chapter Summary
This chapter will introduce you to useful information about content and pedagogy to help you improve your instruction. Through short lessons and quizzes, you will learn about the following:
- Why having knowledge of the structure of disciplinary subjects is important
- How prerequisite relationships can be used in the classroom
- The definition of pedagogical content
How It Helps
- Provides knowledge: Your understanding of the structure of disciplinary subjects will help you build your instruction based upon it.
- Promotes awareness: Because you will learn how prerequisite relationships are beneficial for instruction, you will be able to use it in your curriculum.
- Gives a breakdown: Not only will you learn the definition of pedagogical content knowledge, but you will also learn its components.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Provide instruction using your knowledge of the structure of disciplinary subjects
- Create your lessons by using prerequisite relationships
- Use pedagogical content knowledge in your instructional methods
1. Understanding the Structure of Disciplinary Subjects
In this lesson, we will discuss the dominant structures and subcategories of several academic disciplines. We will look at some examples of discipline structures and how that may impact how those topics are taught.
2. Prerequisite Relationships & Lesson Planning: Uses & Examples
This lesson is designed to help you gain an understanding of prerequisites and the relationship they have with lesson planning. Examples and uses of prerequisites will be explored for further understanding of this relationship.
3. Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, we'll define pedagogical content knowledge and its positive impact on students. We will also describe its specific features, like teaching with clear illustrations and being aware of student conceptions of the subject.
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Other chapters within the Using Danielson's Framework for Teaching in the Classroom course
- Introduction to Danielson's Framework for Teaching
- Student Development & Learning
- Setting Instructional Outcomes
- Designing Instruction & Assesssments
- Creating & Managing a Classroom Environment
- Managing Student Behavior & Communication
- Using Questioning & Discussion Techniques in Teaching
- Engaging Students in the Learning Process
- Flexible, Responsive & Reflective Teaching
- Maintaining Accurate Records in the Classroom
- Communicating with Students' Families
- Growing & Developing Professionally as an Educator