Shulman (1987) argued that an important component of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is teachers' understanding of common student alternative conceptions, yet little is known about what students believe about many topics in the school curriculum. This paper focuses on an area of the NSW Junior Geography curriculum as the first phase of a larger study designed to investigate Geography teachers' PCK. Common student conceptions of tropical cyclone causes and processes were identified using a variety of methods. Results indicate that middle school Geography students (n=330) hold a range of alternative conceptions related to foundational scientific principles as well as the geographical concepts of location, scale and interaction with the human and natural environment. Implications for the knowledge requirements of Geography teachers are discussed.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Biennial Conference (14th : 2011) - Exeter, England|
Duration: 30 Aug 2011 → 3 Sep 2011
|Conference||European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Biennial Conference (14th : 2011)|
|Period||30/08/11 → 3/09/11|