The Knowledge of Teaching – Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK)

Volume 03 - Issue 03
Chien Lee Shing Rohaida Mohd. Saat Siow Heng Loke
Pages: 40-55 Download Count : 1471 View Count: 1085 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) was first introduced by Shulman in the 80’s. It is defined as the integration or amalgamation of pedagogy and content which basically covers the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of teaching. PCK was considered as the missing paradigm in the study of teaching. This integration of knowledge was long searched by the scholars in the United States in their effort to elevate teaching to the professional status similar to that of doctor, lawyer and engineer. As PCK is the knowledge of teaching, this concept paper presents an overview on definitions of teaching, indicators and knowledge bases required in good teaching. This paper also presents the conceptions and models of PCK, the processes (PRA Model) involved in the growth and development of PCK of teachers and the importance of PCK.


  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK)
  • Teaching
  • Subject Matter Knowledge
  • Pedagogy
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