Reflection and its role in the development of pedagogical content knowledge

Jana Chocholatá

Masaryk University, Czech Republic


The aim of this poster presentation is to introduce a dissertation project carried out in the field of pre-service teacher education.  It focuses on the process which student teachers of English undergo when developing pedagogical content knowledge, the category of knowledge which differentiates teachers of English from other experts in the same field of study. However, to take the theme further, several reflective techniques were employed at the intervention stage of the project in order to find out whether reflective thinking has the potential to facilitate the process through which student teachers develop their pedagogical content knowledge. The poster presents outcomes of the pre-research phase including the decription of the research tools as well as the results of the subsequent analysis of the gathered data.

Key words: pre-service teacher education, pedagogical content knowledge, English language teaching, reflection, reflective techniques