A PCK Summit: Current and Future Research Directions

In September 2011, we received news of funding from NSF through the REESE program to conduct a rigorous, analytical synthesis of research focused on science teacher professional knowledge, in particular pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in science.

The 2012 PCK Summit in Colorado Springs took place 20-25 October in Colorado Springs with a series of presentations, critical questions, and groundbreaking discussions. The Summit was a small, working conference bringing together international science education researchers who are studying pedagogical content knowledge (PCK).

Further advancement in the field requires that researchers attend to the considerable divergences in the interpretation and understanding of PCK and clarify distinctions between different, viable models of PCK.

Summit researchers explored current models and methods for capturing PCK and worked to create a unified model of PCK that can be used to inform measurement tools and future research agendas.

We recognize that there are many more researchers interested in PCK than we were able to invite, so please consider this your invitation to share in our work! To access a wealth of information about the Summit, visit pcksummit.bscs.org. Here you will find a complete list of participants, expanded papers, presentations, and overviews of research programs.

This two-year project is led by Julie Gess-Newsome of Williamette University, Dean of the School of Education and member of the BSCS Board of Directors, BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson, and BSCS Science Educator April Gardner.

Learn more about the PCK Summit. View the PCK Summit photo gallery.


The PCK Summit project was funded through the NSF REESE program, the Spencer Foundation, and a transfer of funds from an NSF grant housed at the University of Missouri. BSCS is proud to partner with like-minded organizations committed to making a difference in science education.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1108899. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.