PCK and TPCK/TPACK: more than etiology

Michael Phillips, Judith Harris

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Abstract

In this review of multiple reinterpretations of TPCK/TPACK that have emerged over time, we trace the construct’s roots not only to PCK, but more importantly to Shulman’s (1987) knowledge base for teaching, within which PCK was originally situated. We suggest that TPACK is a special case of PCK that sits within the considerably broader knowledge base for teaching, basing this assertion upon Cox’s (2008) explanation of the differences between teachers’ PCK and TPACK. Following Cox, we argue that TPACK references only the specific nature of a teacher’s PCK when unfamiliar digital tools are considered and implemented for educational purposes. We recommend that TPACK researchers distinguish among the different categories of teachers’ knowledge, reasoning, and action more clearly, bounding TPACK more narrowly in ways that mirror how Shulman delineated PCK with reference to the six other components comprising his knowledge base for teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSITE 2018
Subtitle of host publication29th International Conference - Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education - March 26-30, 2018, Washington, DC
EditorsElizabeth Langran, Jered Borup
Place of PublicationWaynesville NC USA
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Pages2109-2116
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781939797322
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2018 - Washington, United States of America
Duration: 26 Mar 201830 Mar 2018
Conference number: 29th

Conference

ConferenceSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleSITE 2018
CountryUnited States of America
CityWashington
Period26/03/1830/03/18

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Phillips, M., & Harris, J. (2018). PCK and TPCK/TPACK: more than etiology. In E. Langran, & J. Borup (Eds.), SITE 2018: 29th International Conference - Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education - March 26-30, 2018, Washington, DC (pp. 2109-2116). Waynesville NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).