Exploring the technical pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) of Taiwanese university physics instructors

  • Syh-Jong Jang Chung-Yuan Christian University
  • Yahui Chang Shaanxi Normal University, China
Keywords: TPACK, Physics instructors, Professional development, University students’ perceptions

Abstract

University science teachers’ technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) is crucial for effective teaching. Although there has been a plethora of studies investigating pre-service and in-service teachers’ TPACK, few studies have examined university instructors’ TPACK and university students’ perceptions of instructors’ TPACK. The main purpose of this study was to examine the TPACK questionnaire differences between university students’ perceptions and instructors’ self-perceptions, and assess differences in university physics instructors’ TPACK according to gender, academic degrees and teaching experience in Taiwan. This study adopted and revised an instrument for measuring university students’ perceptions of science instructors’ TPACK. The sample was randomly selected from the physics instructors of universities in the northern, central, and southern regions of Taiwan. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted to examine the dimensions of the instrument. The results revealed that the TPACK questionnaire of university physics instructors’ views were different from the university students’ perceptions. University physics instructors’ results indicated statistical significance in overall TPACK according to teaching experience. The research implications of this study are provided along with suggestions.

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Author Biography

Syh-Jong Jang, Chung-Yuan Christian University

Graduate School of Education,

Professor

Published
2016-03-23
How to Cite
Jang, S.-J., & Chang, Y. (2016). Exploring the technical pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) of Taiwanese university physics instructors. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 32(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2289