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Developing Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Reading

In this article we present results from a project to develop survey measures of the content knowledge teachers need to teach elementary reading. In areas such as mathematics and science, there has been great interest in the special ways teachers need to know the subject to teach it to others — often referred to as pedagogical content knowledge. However, little is known about what teachers need to know about reading to teach it effectively. We begin the article by discussing what might constitute content knowledge for teaching in the area of reading and by describing the items we wrote. Next, factor and scaling results are presented from a pilot of 261 multiple-choice items with 1,542 elementary teachers. We found that content knowledge for teaching reading includes multiple dimensions, defined both by topic and by how teachers use knowledge in teaching practice. Items within these constructs form reliable scales.

Phelps, G. and Schilling, S. (2004). Developing measures of content knowledge for teaching reading. Elementary School Journal, 105, 31-48.

Publication Date

April 2008