Why courses that combine
content and pedagogy?
Research indicates that, of all pedagogical training,
training in subject-specific pedagogy is the most
helpful(Brown, Smith, & Stein, 1995; Cohen & Hill,
Recent research has found serious deficiencies in
conventional physics teaching methods as well as
considerable improvements from research-based
instructional designs (Hake, 1998; Hammer, 1996).
In the area of physics, it has been found that over
half of physics teachers are without an academic
major or minor in a physical science (Ingersoll, 1999).