Jonathan's research interests lie mainly within ICT in Science Education and the
professional development and welfare of school staff.
Jon is also a member of the Pedagogy & Innovation in Mathematics and Science Education (PIMS) Special Interest Group
Implementing Pedagogical Content Knowledge in the Secondary Science Classroom (collaboration with the Science Learning Centre East Midlands) 2010-2011
Implementing Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) through partnership.
PCK was introduced by Shulman (1986) as a means of relating professional understanding of topic content to pedagogical knowledge. In essence, this attempts to define what it is that successful teachers do to convey specific concepts effectively to learners. In this pilot study, student teachers and their school mentors helped refine and evaluate a framework for structuring and implementing this thinking. This has led to enhanced dialogue between student teachers, mentors and university staff and reveals great potential for PCK as a tool for curriculum and professional development. This will be developed further in partnership with the Science Learning Centre East Midlands.