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The development of pedagogical content knowledge of prospective primary teachers in a lesson study

Linda Cardoso (Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal)
João Pedro Da Ponte (Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal)
Marisa Quaresma (Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal)

International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies

ISSN: 2046-8253

Article publication date: 6 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

To understand how lesson study (LS) can promote the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of prospective primary teachers. More specifically, to know what PCK prospective primary teachers develop during LS and how this development occurs.

Design/methodology/approach

Following a qualitative approach, this study took place in a teacher education institution where a LS was carried out during the last semester of the academic year with the participation of two prospective teachers, a teacher educator, a cooperating teacher and a researcher.

Findings

The results suggest that prospective teachers may develop PCK when they participate in LS, regarding lesson planning (goals and lesson plan), task design, students' difficulties and solving strategies, whole-class discussions and observation of student learning. This development occurs through the engagement in LS activities that allow prospective teachers to deepen their knowledge.

Originality/value

This study investigates how the development of prospective teachers' PCK occurs during LS, providing knowledge about how different activities of the LS help develop different aspects of PCK.

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Acknowledgements

This investigation is supported by national funds through UIDEF, Unidade de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Educação e Formação, of Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa (UI/BD/150763/2020) and Stimulus of Scientific Employment program (2020.02874.CEECIND) with the support of FTC–Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.

Citation

Cardoso, L., Da Ponte, J.P. and Quaresma, M. (2022), "The development of pedagogical content knowledge of prospective primary teachers in a lesson study", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLLS-02-2022-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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